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distinctive Line breaks: dis¦tinct|ive
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɪŋ(k)tɪv/

Definition of distinctive in English:


Characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others: juniper berries give gin its distinctive flavour
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Late Middle English (in the sense 'serving to differentiate'): from late Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct- 'distinguished' (see distinct).

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