- the character or attribute by which one species is distinguished from all others of the same genus.
- the character or basic factor by which one entity is distinguished from another.
Origin of differentia
From Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at difference
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Examples from the Web for differentia
Its differentia is that which separates it from the unit of common humanity.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
It is the possession of these, above all, which constitutes the differentia of man.Gloria Crucis
J. H. Beibitz
Moreover, the definition of the differentia may be predicated of that of which the differentia itself is predicated.The Categories
If one of them only has this differentia, then this one is composite and is not the first cause.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
Universality not the differentia of aesthetic pleasure, 40 et seq.The Sense of Beauty
- logic a feature by which two subclasses of the same class of named objects can be distinguishedAlso called: difference
C19: from Latin: diversity, difference
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