Distinctive meaning

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The definition of distinctive is a quality or characteristic that is unique to a person or thing.

An example of something that would be described as distinctive is the colorful feathers of a peacock, which are unique to those birds.

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Phonemically relevant and capable of conveying a difference in meaning, as nasalization in the initial sound of mat versus bat.
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Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic.

The distinctive call of the hermit thrush.

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Distinguished or attractive.
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That is characteristic or typical of something.
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Making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic.
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That serves to distinguish between things.
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Origin of distinctive

  • From Old French distinctif, from Latin distinctivus
    From Wiktionary