non·​dis·​tinc·​tive | \ ˌnän-di-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv \

Definition of nondistinctive

of a speech sound
: having no signaling value

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The writing-off of these students as nondistinctive, interchangeable kids smacks of racist stereotypes often used against Asians in this country. Michael Li, Vox, "I support affirmative action. But Harvard really is hurting Asian Americans.," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nondistinctive

1916, in the meaning defined above

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