from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving to identify; distinguishing: distinctive tribal tattoos. See Usage Note at distinct.
- adj. Characteristic or typical: "Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor” ( Curtis Wilkie).
- adj. Linguistics Phonemically relevant and capable of conveying a difference in meaning, as nasalization in the initial sound of mat versus bat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. that serves to distinguish between things
- adj. that is characteristic or typical of something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Marking or expressing distinction or difference; distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar.
- adj. Having the power to distinguish and discern; discriminating.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Marking distinction, difference, or peculiarity; distinguishing from something diverse; characteristic: as, distinctive names or titles; the distinctive characteristics of a species.
- Having the power to distinguish and discern; discerning.
- n. A distinctive mark; specifically, in Hebrew grammar, a distinctive accent. There are 26 of these — 18 disjunctive and 8 conjunctive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of being classified
- adj. of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
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