distinctive

[dih-stingk-tiv]
adjective
1.
serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the distinctive stripes of the zebra.
2.
having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable.

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

distinctively, adverb
distinctiveness, noun
subdistinctive, adjective
subdistinctively, adverb
subdistinctiveness, noun

distinctive, distinguishable, distinguished.


1. individual.
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distinctive (dɪˈstɪŋktɪv)
 
adj
1.  serving or tending to distinguish
2.  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
 
dis'tinctively
 
adv
 
dis'tinctiveness
 
n

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distinctive
"markedly individual," 1580s; from distinct + -ive. Related: Distinctively.
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Example sentences
It is the process of star birth that gives N11 its distinctive look.
Some family names almost beg for a distinctive given name.
Their location and characteristic patterns are often distinctive.
Great wines, almost everyone can agree, are distinctive.
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