- distinctive early 15c., from O.Fr. distinctif and directly from M.L. distinctivus, from L. distinct-, pp. of distinguere (see DISTINGUISH (Cf. distinguish)). Meaning "markedly individual" is from 1580s. Related: Distinctively; distinctiveness.
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Distinctive — Dis*tinc tive, a. [Cf. F. distinctif.] 1. Marking or expressing distinction or difference; distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar. [1913 Webster] The distinctive character and institutions of New England. Bancroft. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
distinctive — peculiar, individual, *characteristic Analogous words: *special, particular, specific, especial: unique, particular, separate, *single: *distinct, separate, several, discrete Antonyms: typical Contrasted words: * … New Dictionary of Synonyms
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distinctive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ individually characteristic; distinct from others of its kind. DERIVATIVES distinctively adverb distinctiveness noun … English terms dictionary
distinctive — [di stiŋk′tiv] adj. [ME < ML distinctivus] making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic SYN. CHARACTERISTIC distinctively adv. distinctiveness n … English World dictionary
distinctive — distinct, distinctive 1. Both words are related to the verb distinguish, but distinct means essentially ‘separate, different’ (The word has several distinct meanings) or ‘unmistakable, decided’ (She has a distinct impression of being watched),… … Modern English usage
distinctive — ● distinctif, distinctive adjectif Qui permet de reconnaître, de distinguer ; spécifique, typique : Un signe distinctif. ● distinctif, distinctive (expressions) adjectif Fonction distinctive, fonction de différenciation des unités significatives… … Encyclopédie Universelle
distinctive — [[t]dɪstɪ̱ŋktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is distinctive has a special quality or feature which makes it easily recognizable and different from other things of the same type. ...the distinctive odour of chlorine. ...a distinctive blue and… … English dictionary
distinctive — dis|tinc|tive [ dı stıŋktıv ] adjective ** easy to recognize because of being different from other people or things of the same type: INDIVIDUAL: a smooth, rich coffee with a distinctive flavor a distinctive feature: Good visuals and diagrams are … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English