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 utterance different in meaning as well as in sound from an otherwise identical utterance Synonyms: see characteristicdistinctively adverbdistinctiveness noun

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