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distinctive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of distinctive

  1. 1 being not of the same kind she seems to alternate between two distinctive hairstyles Synonyms of distinctive disparate, dissimilar, distant, distinct, different, distinguishable, diverse, nonidentical, other, unalike, unlikeWords Related to distinctive divers, miscellaneous, mixed, several, sundry, variant, varied, various; differentiable, discriminable; alternate, alternative, individual, particular, peculiar, single; disproportionate, divergent, unequalNear Antonyms of distinctive equal, selfsame; equivalent, tantamount; akin, analogous, comparable, homological, homologous, related; homogeneous, homogenous, uniformAntonyms of distinctive alike, identical, indistinguishable, kin, kindred, like, parallel, same, similar

  2. 2 serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group the distinctive odor of a barnyard Synonyms of distinctive classic, diagnostic (also diagnostical), discriminating, distinct, characteristic, distinguishing, identifying, individual, peculiar, proper, symptomatic, typicalWords Related to distinctive idiosyncratic; identifiable, pronounced, unmistakable; general, generic; common, normal, regular, usual; especial, particular, special, specific; archetypal (also archetypical), model, paradigmaticAntonyms of distinctive atypical, nontypical, uncharacteristic, untypical

Synonym Discussion of 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


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