distinctive


distinctive
[[t]dɪstɪ̱ŋktɪv[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED
Something that is distinctive has a special quality or feature which makes it easily recognizable and different from other things of the same type.

...the distinctive odour of chlorine.

...a distinctive blue and yellow flag...

His voice was very distinctive.

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distinctively ADV-GRADED ADV adj/-ed

...the distinctively fragrant taste of elderflowers...

Each room is distinctively decorated with light, bright colors and floral prints.

distinctiveness N-UNCOUNT oft with poss

His own distinctiveness was always evident at school.


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