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n. pl. dif·fer·en·ti·ae (-shē-ē′)
An attribute that distinguishes one entity from another, especially an attribute that distinguishes one species from others of the same genus.
[Latin, difference, from differēns, different-, present participle of differre, to differ; see differ.]
n, pl -tiae (-ʃɪˌiː)
(Logic) logic a feature by which two subclasses of the same class of named objects can be distinguished. Also called: difference
[C19: from Latin: diversity, difference]
dif•fer•en•ti•a(ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃi ə, -ʃə)
n., pl. -ti•ae (-ʃiˌi)
1. the character or attribute by which one species is distinguished from all others of the same genus.
2. the character or basic factor by which one entity is distinguished from another.
[1820–30; < Latin]