Adjective "Distinctive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others.
  1. 'She considered such " glades " the most distinctive feature of the Nashville Basin.'
  2. 'Indeed, one of the most distinctive features was the fresh, unsullied cuisine.'
  3. 'Levine is an independent figure, standing apart from groups and movements, and his work is highly distinctive.'
  4. 'But none of them has made a record as distinctive as Boy in Da Corner.'
  5. 'The instrumentals are all extremely well executed, each with its own distinctive flavour.'
  6. 'She has her own very distinctive style and the audience have really taken to her.'
  7. 'Some have distinctive markings on their heads and on their carapace, or upper shell.'
  8. 'All the studied species have diagnostic alleles in addition to morphologically distinctive characters.'
  9. 'If you don't have something distinctive to say, don't bother!'
  10. 'Everything's in place here, but they could stand to find a more distinctive sound vocally.'


1. serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the distinctive stripes of the zebra.

2. having a special quality, style, attractiveness, etc.; notable.

More examples(as adjective)

"ties can be distinctive of followers."

"suits can be distinctive of followers."

"realisms can be distinctive in things."

"qualities can be distinctive of places."

"works can be distinctive of statuses."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘serving to differentiate’): from late Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct- ‘distinguished’ (see distinct).