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dis·tinc·tive

 (dĭ-stĭngk′tĭv)
adj.
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.

dis·tinc′tive·ly adv.
dis·tinc′tive·ness n.

distinctive

(dɪˈstɪŋktɪv)
adj
1. serving or tending to distinguish
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) denoting one of a set of minimal features of a phoneme in a given language that serve to distinguish it from other phonemes. The distinctive features of /p/ in English are that it is voiceless, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive; /b/ is voiced, bilabial, non-nasal, and plosive: the two differ by the distinctive feature of voice
disˈtinctively adv
disˈtinctiveness n

dis•tinc•tive

(dɪˈstɪŋk tɪv)

adj.
1. serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the zebra's distinctive stripes.
2. having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable.
3. Ling. serving to distinguish meanings.
[1575–85; < Medieval Latin]
dis•tinc′tive•ly, adv.
dis•tinc′tive•ness, n.

distinct

distinctivedistinguished
1. 'distinct'

If one thing is distinct from another, there is an important difference between them.

Our interests were quite distinct from those of the workers.
...a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech.

You describe something as distinct when it is clear and definite.

I have the distinct feeling that my friend did not realize what was happening.
A distinct improvement had come about in their social outlook.
2. 'distinctive'

You use distinctive to describe things which have a special quality that makes them easy to recognize.

Irene had a very distinctive voice.
3. 'distinguished'

A distinguished person is very successful, famous, or important.

His grandfather had been a distinguished professor at the University.
Now, clean and tidily dressed, we stood watching the first distinguished visitors come trickling in.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distinctive - of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thingdistinctive - of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; "Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis Wilkie; "that is typical of you!"
characteristic - typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra"
2.distinctive - capable of being classified
identifiable - capable of being identified

distinctive

distinctive

adjective
Serving to identify or set apart an individual or group:
Translations
مُمَيّزمـُمَيِّز
charakteristickýpříznačnývýrazný
karakteristisksæregen
omaleimainen
osebujan
megkülönböztető
sérstakur, sérkennandi
特徴的な
독특한
särskiljande
เด่น
belirginkarakteristikkendine özgü
dễ phân biệt

distinctive

[dɪsˈtɪŋktɪv] ADJ [sound, colour] → característico; [flavour, smell, voice] → inconfundible, característico; [plumage, fur] → distintivo, característico; [style] → característico, particular; [clothing, decor] → peculiar, particular
one of the distinctive features of Elizabethan architectureuno de los rasgos característicos de la arquitectura isabelina
stone walls are a distinctive feature of the countrysidelos muros de piedra son característicos del campo
what was most distinctive about him was his extreme nervousnesslo que más le caracterizaba era su extremo nerviosismo

distinctive

[dɪˈstɪŋktɪv] adj [style, feature, character] → distinctif/ive; [voice] → distinctif/ive; [taste, smell] → caractéristique

distinctive

adj style, flavour, smell, gesture, walk etcunverwechselbar, unverkennbar; feature, patternunverkennbar; soundtypisch, unverkennbar; voice, dress (= characteristic)charakteristisch; (= unmistakable)unverwechselbar; (= striking) colour, plumageauffällig; distinctive features (of person)besondere Kennzeichen; she had a very distinctive voicesie hatte eine ganz unverwechselbare or besondere Stimme; with his distinctive ironymit der ihm eigenen or für ihn charakteristischen Ironie; there’s something distinctive about theman ihnen ist etwas Besonderes; distinctive to somebody/somethingcharakteristisch für jdn/etw

distinctive

[dɪsˈtɪŋktɪv] adjtutto/a particolare

distinct

(diˈstiŋkt) adjective
1. easily seen, heard or noticed. There are distinct differences between the two; Her voice is very distinct.
2. separate or different. Those two birds are quite distinct – you couldn't confuse them.
diˈstinctly adverb
He pronounces his words very distinctly; I distinctly heard him tell you to wait!
diˈstinctness noun
diˈstinction (-ʃən) noun
1. (the making of) a difference. He makes no distinction between male and female employees with regard to pay.
2. a grade awarded that indicates outstanding ability or achievement. She passed her exams with distinction.
diˈstinctive (-tiv) adjective
different and easily identified. I recognized her from a long way off – she has a very distinctive walk!
diˈstinctively adverb

distinctive

مـُمَيِّز výrazný særegen kennzeichnend χαρακτηριστικός peculiar omaleimainen distinctif osebujan caratteristico 特徴的な 독특한 onderscheidend særegen wyróżniający distinto характерный särskiljande เด่น belirgin dễ phân biệt 有特色的
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Yet it remains true that Hesiod's distinctive title to a high place in Greek literature lies in the very fact of his freedom form classic form, and his grave, and yet child-like, outlook upon his world.
The mere occurrence of images, without this feeling of belief, constitutes imagination; it is the element of belief that is the distinctive thing in memory.
The most distinctive mark of substance appears to be that, while remaining numerically one and the same, it is capable of admitting contrary qualities.
Hunsden, that patrician descent may be read in a distinctive cast of form and features?
Again, Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily possess certain distinctive qualities both of character and thought; for it is by these that we qualify actions themselves, and these--thought and character--are the two natural causes from which actions spring, and on actions again all success or failure depends.
We are fond of ours, but there is nothing distinctive about it.
Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was; for it was only reasonable that, his master taking a new character, he should take a new name, and that it should be a distinguished and full-sounding one, befitting the new order and calling he was about to follow.
Po Chu-i has his own distinctive feeling for romance, Tu Fu his minute literary craftsmanship, Ssu-K`ung T`u the delicate aroma of suggestive mysticism; but Li Po is many-sided, and has perhaps more of the world-spirit than all of them.
This vast range has acquired, from its rugged and broken character and its summits of naked granite, the appellation of the Rocky Mountains, a name by no means distinctive, as all elevated ranges are rocky.
He had an intellectual and distinctive head, but the instant he turned to Prince Andrew the firm, intelligent expression on his face changed in a way evidently deliberate and habitual to him.
The reading of 'Don Quixote' went on throughout my boyhood, so that I cannot recall any distinctive period of it when I was not, more or less, reading that book.
Their sensitive nostrils had told them this much and Tarzan's had told him that the scent spoor was that of a stranger--old and a male, for race and sex and age each has its own distinctive scent.

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