Discriminative
Discriminative Dis*crim"i*na*tive, a. 1. Marking a difference; distinguishing; distinctive; characteristic. [1913 Webster]

That peculiar and discriminative form of life. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. Observing distinctions; making differences; discriminating. ``Discriminative censure.'' --J. Foster. ``Discriminative Providence.'' --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]


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