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distinctive    : [dɪst'ɪŋktɪv]
Distinctive \Dis*tinc"tive\, a. [Cf. F. distinctif.]
1. Marking or expressing distinction or difference;
distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar.
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The distinctive character and institutions of New
England. --Bancroft.
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2. Having the power to distinguish and discern;
discriminating. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
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adj 1: of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing;
"Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis
Wilkie; "that is typical of you!" [synonym: {distinctive},
2: capable of being classified [synonym: {classifiable},

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "distinctive":
accurate, appreciative, appropriate, articulate, audible,
categorical, characteristic, characterizing, classificational,
classificatory, clear, contrastive, critical, defining, definite,
delicate, denominative, diacritical, diagnostic, differencing,
differential, differentiative, discrete, discriminate,
discriminating, discriminative, distinct, distinguished,
distinguishing, divisional, divisionary, exact, exemplary,
fastidious, fine, hearable, hi-fi, high-fidelity, idiocratic,
idiosyncratic, in character, individual, individualizing,
individuating, intrinsic, marked, natural, naturalistic, nice,
normal, ordinal, particular, peculiar, personalizing, plain,
precise, proper, quintessential, realistic, refined, regular,
sample, selective, sensitive, separate, separative, several,
single, singular, special, specific, subdivisional, subtle,
tactful, taxonomic, true to form, true to type, typal, typic,
typical, unique, usual

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