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Lacking distinguishing qualities; not distinctive.

in′dis·tinc′tive·ly adv.
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1. without distinctive qualities
2. unable to make distinctions; undiscriminating
ˌindisˈtinctively adv
ˌindisˈtinctiveness n
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(ˌɪn dɪˈstɪŋk tɪv)

1. without distinctive characteristics.
2. incapable of or not making a distinction; undiscriminating.
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One type of rights seems to apply to someone other than the individual Bolivian citizen, thus inevitably affecting the universality and indistinctiveness usually associated with the very idea of rights.
Because of this indistinctiveness, generalizations about education partnerships have had limited value.
The resulting elusiveness and indistinctiveness of androgyny have puzzled philosophers and scholars, inviting all kinds of speculation, as in Plato for example, who referred to androgyny as a separate, third gender, superior to the main two (190b).
The indistinctiveness between the Israeli and the Diaspora Jew emerges in Kaniuk's later novel, The Last Jew (1981).
For a critique focusing on the role of cinema, see Gerard Holden, "Cinematic IR, The Sublime and the Indistinctiveness of Art," Millennium: Journal of International Studies 34, no.