distinctive

adjective
dis·​tinc·​tive | \ di-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv How to pronounce distinctive (audio) \

Definition of distinctive

1a : marking as separate or different : serving to distinguish the distinctive flight of the crane
b : having or giving an uncommon and appealing quality : having or giving style or distinction a distinctive table setting a writer with a distinctive prose style
2 linguistics : capable of making a segment of utterance different in meaning as well as in sound from an otherwise identical utterance

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Other Words from distinctive

distinctively adverb
distinctiveness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for distinctive

characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity. characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class. responded with her characteristic wit individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class. a highly individual writing style peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness. an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy. a distinctive aura of grace and elegance

Examples of distinctive in a Sentence

He had a very distinctive walk. This wine has a more distinctive flavor than that one. The store sells only the most distinctive chocolates.
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Interestingly, the foundational Prime offering has also become the least distinctive. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Is Amazon Prime Still Worth It?," 11 May 2018 The combination of the modernist architecture, elegant interior design, and layered collection of art made the de Menils’ Houston house one of the most distinctive of the 20th century. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 The shell continues to be aluminum, but gone are the distinctive—and somewhat dated—curves of the previous model. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 Every film like Roma, which likely wouldn’t have made it to such a wide audience without Netflix’s help, is a victory for the audiences who get to see it, and for an industry that sometimes struggles to support distinctive and daring work. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "The company’s ongoing bid for awards legitimacy is a terrific boon for its subscribers," 3 Dec. 2018 There’s this delicate tradeoff that brands navigate between being distinctive and unique, and being broadly relevant and appealing. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "It costs a lot for a huge company like Dunkin’ Donuts to change its name. So what’s the payoff?," 25 Oct. 2018 Lawrence has often taken her all-American wardrobe into high-end territory through distinctive and directional accessories. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Puts Her Stamp on Fashion’s Favorite Tote," 9 Aug. 2018 In this debate, each side has a distinctive way of looking at things. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Each had a distinctive personality that touched the very core of my being. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dog lovers emerge to support owners who border collie was hit and left by the road," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of distinctive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for distinctive

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The first known use of distinctive was in the 15th century

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distinctive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of distinctive

: having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others : different in a way that is easy to notice
: appealing or interesting because of an unusual quality or characteristic

distinctive

adjective
dis·​tinc·​tive | \ di-ˈstiŋk-tiv How to pronounce distinctive (audio) \

Kids Definition of distinctive

1 : clearly marking a person or a thing as different from others As they got closer he … could hear Mr. Sir's distinctive bark.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : having or giving a special look or way distinctive clothes

Other Words from distinctive

distinctively adverb

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