distinguishingly

distinguishing

[dih-sting-gwi-shing]
adjective
distinctive; characteristic, as a definitive feature of an individual or group: Intricate rhyming is a distinguishing feature of her poetry.

Origin:
1660–70; distinguish + -ing2

distinguishingly, adverb
nondistinguishing, adjective
self-distinguishing, adjective
undistinguishing, adjective
undistinguishingly, adverb
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distinguish (dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ)
 
vb (when intr, foll by between or among)
1.  to make, show, or recognize a difference or differences (between or among); differentiate (between)
2.  to be a distinctive feature of; characterize
3.  to make out; perceive
4.  to mark for a special honour or title
5.  to make (oneself) noteworthy: he distinguished himself by his cowardice
6.  to classify; categorize: we distinguished three species
 
[C16: from Latin distinguere to separate, discriminate]
 
dis'tinguishable
 
adj
 
dis'tinguishably
 
adv
 
dis'tinguisher
 
n
 
dis'tinguishing
 
adj
 
dis'tinguishingly
 
adv

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distinguish
1560s, from M.Fr. distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, from L. distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" + -stinguere "to prick." The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of O.Fr. -iss, ultimately from L. inchoative suffix -iscere
(this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing.
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