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distinctiveness

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being distinctive, individual or discrete
  • n. Something which distinguishes something from anything else

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being distinctive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being distinctive; distinctive character; individuality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. utter dissimilarity
  • n. a distinguishing trait

Etymologies

distinctive +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What defines our distinctiveness is the fact that we, unlike the United States, are not a republic.

    The Value of Canada, the Risks it Faces

  • Credible complexity in a character can be achieved in at least two ways: Either distinctiveness is a matter of the sometimes gaudy and eye-catching methods of personality -- stark red hair, deep sag to the breast, the tortured lisp of the poorly born -- or it can be a presentation of the sometimes invisible but momentously significant suasions that inhabit us all -- the '' not-thought in thought, the unseen in the visible, the places into which the imagination must reach.

    Comedy in Literature

  • Their own sense of ethnic distinctiveness is identified through religion — Theravada Buddhism — and language — Sinhala.

    Buddha’s Savage Peace

  • What will be remembered instead, for its very distinctiveness, is his genius.

    Spoleto Festival U.S.A.: Praising Menotti - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Its biological distinctiveness is outstanding in the world, with great biological, ecological, and evolutionary biodiversity.

    Chocó-Darién moist forests

  • The recognition of Quebec's distinctiveness is not new.

    Extinct or Distinct Society?

  • During O’Sullivan’s tenure as editor, he frequently wrote or published essays that identified and reminded readers of the nation’s problem of forgetting its political distinctiveness from the rest of the world.

    'An Anti-Democratic Habit of Feeling': Nationalism and the Rhetoric of Toryism in O'Sullivan's Democratic Review

  • Our distinctiveness should be a matter of joy, and not an occasion for superiority, division or threat to anyone.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In its combination of fresh, sensuous flexibility and strictly disciplined implacability in the face of all compulsion, Elytis's poetry give a shape to its distinctiveness, which is not only very personal but also represents the traditions of the Greek people.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1979 - Press Release

  • Film critics, since Andew Sarris, if not Truffaut and André Bazin, will often, implicitly at least, rank order directors according to their degree of auteurism, that is, the distinctiveness of their style which marks them as "author".

    PopMatters

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