Not phonemically distinctive; not serving to distinguish meaning.


(Linguistics) linguistics (of a speech sound) having no effect on the meaning being conveyed


(ˌnɒn dɪˈstɪŋk tɪv)

adj. Ling.
not serving to distinguish meanings: a nondistinctive difference in sound.
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