distinctive

  • 1 distinctive — I adjective characteristic, conspicuous, contrasting, diacritical, different, differentiating, differentiative, differing, discriminating, distinct, distinguishing, exclusive, idiomatic, idiosyncratic, indicating difference, indicative,… …

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  • 2 Distinctive — Dis*tinc tive, a. [Cf. F. distinctif.] 1. Marking or expressing distinction or difference; distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar. [1913 Webster] The distinctive character and institutions of New England. Bancroft. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 distinctive — early 15c., from O.Fr. distinctif and directly from M.L. distinctivus, from L. distinct , pp. of distinguere (see DISTINGUISH (Cf. distinguish)). Meaning markedly individual is from 1580s. Related: Distinctively; distinctiveness …

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  • 4 distinctive — peculiar, individual, *characteristic Analogous words: *special, particular, specific, especial: unique, particular, separate, *single: *distinct, separate, several, discrete Antonyms: typical Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 distinctive — [adj] different, unique characteristic, cool, diacritic, diagnostic, discrete, distinguishing, excellent, extraordinary, far cry, gnarly*, idiosyncratic, individual, like night and day*, offbeat, original, outstanding, peculiar, perfect, poles… …

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  • 6 distinctive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ individually characteristic; distinct from others of its kind. DERIVATIVES distinctively adverb distinctiveness noun …

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  • 7 distinctive — [di stiŋk′tiv] adj. [ME < ML distinctivus] making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic SYN. CHARACTERISTIC distinctively adv. distinctiveness n …

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  • 8 distinctive — distinct, distinctive 1. Both words are related to the verb distinguish, but distinct means essentially ‘separate, different’ (The word has several distinct meanings) or ‘unmistakable, decided’ (She has a distinct impression of being watched),… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 distinctive — ● distinctif, distinctive adjectif Qui permet de reconnaître, de distinguer ; spécifique, typique : Un signe distinctif. ● distinctif, distinctive (expressions) adjectif Fonction distinctive, fonction de différenciation des unités significatives… …

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  • 10 distinctive — [[t]dɪstɪ̱ŋktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is distinctive has a special quality or feature which makes it easily recognizable and different from other things of the same type. ...the distinctive odour of chlorine. ...a distinctive blue and… …

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  • 11 distinctive — dis|tinc|tive [ dı stıŋktıv ] adjective ** easy to recognize because of being different from other people or things of the same type: INDIVIDUAL: a smooth, rich coffee with a distinctive flavor a distinctive feature: Good visuals and diagrams are …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 distinctive */*/ — UK [dɪˈstɪŋktɪv] / US adjective easy to recognize because of being different from other people or things of the same type a smooth, rich coffee with a distinctive flavour a distinctive feature: Good visuals and diagrams are the magazine s most… …

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  • 13 distinctive — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. serving to distinguish < the distinctive flight of the crane > b. having or giving style or distinction < a distinctive table setting > 2. capable of making a segment of …

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  • 14 distinctive — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ highly, particularly, truly …

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  • 15 distinctive — distinctively, adv. distinctiveness, n. /di stingk tiv/, adj. 1. serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the distinctive stripes of the zebra. 2. having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable. [1575 85; < ML… …

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  • 16 distinctive — See distinctive, distinct, distinguished …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 17 distinctive — adj. distinctive of * * * [dɪs tɪŋ(k)tɪv] distinctiveof …

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  • 18 distinctive — dis|tinc|tive [dıˈstıŋktıv] adj having a special quality, character, or appearance that is different and easy to recognize ▪ a rock band with a distinctive sound >distinctively adv >distinctiveness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 distinctive — adjective having a special quality, character, or appearance that is different and easy to recognize: a rock band with a distinctive sound distinctively adverb distinctiveness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 distinctive — adjective the distinctive design in the lace Syn: distinguishing, characteristic, typical, individual, particular, peculiar, unique, exclusive, special Ant: common …

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