Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being distinctive; distinctive character; individuality.
- n. The quality of being distinctive, individual or discrete
- n. Something which distinguishes something from anything else
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. State of being distinctive.
- n. utter dissimilarity
- n. a distinguishing trait
- distinctive + -ness (Wiktionary)
“What defines our distinctiveness is the fact that we, unlike the United States, are not a republic.”
“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.”
“Their own sense of ethnic distinctiveness is identified through religion — Theravada Buddhism — and language — Sinhala.”
“What will be remembered instead, for its very distinctiveness, is his genius.”
“Its biological distinctiveness is outstanding in the world, with great biological, ecological, and evolutionary biodiversity.”
“The recognition of Quebec's distinctiveness is not new.”
“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.”
“Our distinctiveness should be a matter of joy, and not an occasion for superiority, division or threat to anyone.”
“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.”
“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".”
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