distinctiveness(redirected from distinctivenesses)
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1. Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic: the distinctive call of the hermit thrush. See Usage Note at distinct.
2. Distinguished or attractive: "Her forefinger tracked the cleft in his chin, and she thought how distinctive it made him look" (Joan Johnston).
3. Linguistics Phonemically relevant and capable of conveying a difference in meaning, as nasalization in the initial sound of mat versus bat.
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|Noun||1.||distinctiveness - a distinguishing trait |
individualism, individuality, individuation - the quality of being individual; "so absorbed by the movement that she lost all sense of individuality"
|2.||distinctiveness - utter dissimilarity|