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 (dĭf′ə-rĕn′shē-ə, -shə)
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.]
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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]
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(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]
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Noun1.differentia - distinguishing characteristics (especially in different species of a genus)
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
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References in classic literature ?
If genera are different and co-ordinate, their differentiae are themselves different in kind.
But where one genus is subordinate to another, there is nothing to prevent their having the same differentiae: for the greater class is predicated of the lesser, so that all the differentiae of the predicate will be differentiae also of the subject.
Correlatively, the "status" of differentiae only becomes "an unsolvable problem if one supposes that Categories is offering up an ontology" (p.
Guido d'Eu even draws into his theoretical web the psalm tone differentiae, an aspect of practice more conventional than logical in nature.
Arguably, however, if one adverts to certain parallels in Aristotle's reasoning manifested in his considerations of method and his use of differentiae in biological analyses, his reflections on politeia are set into greater relief.
This same point, in fact, appears in other terms in 8.2, where Aristotle characterizes substance, in the sense of actuality, as a differentia or differentiae of substance in the sense of matter.
(18) Finally, when commenting on Aristotle's claims in chapter 11 he says that "A mortal rational animal is a man" is single but would become multiple if "and" should be inserted between the differentiae. (19) Bacon, on the other hand, gives no indication in 2.192 that he is even aware of a discussion about the implication of such pauses for single statements.
5: "[B]onum et malum diversificant speciem in actibus moralibus: differentiae enim per se diversificant speciem." Compare De malo, q.
Marenbon thus examines Abelard's ontology, how he understood substance and the difference between accidents and differentiae, the possibility of language (especially helpful here is Marenbon's explanation of the difference between voces and sermones) as well as its relationship to forms, human perception, and knowledge, and the role of universals.
Whitney is, as should now be apparent, among the supreme colorists of contemporary painting, but what's amazed me in his drawings has been his mysterious ability to communicate the variable weights and densities of color, as he does in his paintings-without actually using color at all, instead relying on pure line to express, as if through metaphor, chromatic differentiae.
[...] Altero modo possunt accipi practicum et speculativum, non ut sunt differentiae determinatae et contrariae, sed ablatis imperfectionibus, quibus inter se opponuntur: et hoc modo conveniunt scientiae divinae>>.