What does the word distinctive mean?

    Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Characteristic; distinguishing.

Usage examples for distinctive

  1. But amid all this writing, Dickens' " Pictures from Italy" still holds a high and distinctive position. – Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials
  2. Perhaps it is idle thus to wonder how any one of a dozen novelists of distinctive talent would have treated this alluring theme had he taken it for his own. – Inquiries and Opinions by Brander Matthews
  3. The distinctive features of the policy that has hitherto prevailed are to dispose of the public lands at moderate prices, thus enabling a greater number to enter into competition for their purchase and accomplishing a double object- of promoting their rapid settlement by the purchasers and at the same time increasing the receipts of the Treasury; to sell for cash, thereby preventing the disturbing influence of a large mass of private citizens indebted to the Government which they have a voice in controlling; to bring them into market no faster than good lands are supposed to be wanted for improvement, thereby preventing the accumulation of large tracts in few hands; and to apply the proceeds of the sales to the general purposes of the Government, thus diminishing the amount to be raised from the people of the States by taxation and giving each State its portion of the benefits to be derived from this common fund in a manner the most quiet, and at the same time, perhaps, the most equitable, that can be devised. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various