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

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)
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

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"markedly individual," 1580s; from distinct + -ive. Related: Distinctively.
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Example sentences
No, orbital angular momentum of light is distinctively different than spin
  angular momentum of light, aka polarization.
King penguins' flippers are distinctively large, helping them dive deep in the
  icy ocean.
It can help to preserve and develop local cuisines, based on distinctively
  local ingredients supplied by local farmers.
All of the rooms are unique and distinctively decorated with antique furniture.
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