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Pronunciation:  di'stingktiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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!"
  2. [adj]  serving to distinguish or identify a species or group; "the distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage"; "distinctive tribal tattoos"; "we were asked to describe any identifying marks or distinguishing features"
  3. [adj]  possible to classify

DISTINCTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: characteristic, classifiable, distinguishing, identifiable, identifying(a), typical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*tinc"tive\, a. [Cf. F. distinctif.]
1. Marking or expressing distinction or difference;
   distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar.

         The distinctive character and institutions of New
         England.                              --Bancroft.

2. Having the power to distinguish and discern;
   discriminating. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

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