distinctive

[ dih-stingk-tiv ]
/ dɪˈstɪŋk tɪv /

adjective

serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the distinctive stripes of the zebra.
having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable.

Nearby words

  1. distillers' grain,
  2. distillery,
  3. distillment,
  4. distinct,
  5. distinction,
  6. distinctive feature,
  7. distinctively,
  8. distinctiveness ratio,
  9. distinctly,
  10. distingue

Origin of distinctive

1575–85; < Medieval Latin distinctīvus, equivalent to Latin distinct(us) distinct + -īvus -ive

Related forms
Can be confuseddistinctive distinguishable distinguished

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British Dictionary definitions for distinctive

distinctive

/ (dɪˈstɪŋktɪv) /

adjective

serving or tending to distinguish
denoting one of a set of minimal features of a phoneme in a given language that serve to distinguish it from other phonemes. The distinctive features of /p/ in English are that it is voiceless, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive; /b/ is voiced, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive: the two differ by the distinctive feature of voice
Derived Formsdistinctively, adverbdistinctiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for distinctive

distinctive

adj.

early 15c., from Old French distinctif and directly from Medieval Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct-, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "markedly individual" is from 1580s. Related: Distinctively; distinctiveness.

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