Definition of distinctive in English:


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


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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  • Indeed, one of the most distinctive features was the fresh, unsullied cuisine.
  • She considered such " glades " the most distinctive feature of the Nashville Basin.
  • The parables are one of the most distinctive features of the teaching of Jesus.


late Middle English (in the sense 'serving to differentiate'): from late Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct- 'distinguished' (see distinct).



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  • But why, specifically, did Haines and Moore want someone with such a distinctively blank voice to sing for their band?
  • There is a compelling intensity about Hasumi's desolate life, and a distinctively spiritual dimension to the way it has been lived.
  • Unsatisfactory teaching of the subject is most often found where it is provided through other subjects rather than distinctively.


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  • But in the process of seeking distinctiveness, personal branding is ultimately a recipe for a smothering conformity.
  • As a result, uniformity is valued above quality or distinctiveness.
  • The quality of a particular service, however high, does not constitute distinctiveness per se.

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