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.]
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!" [syn: typical]
2: possible to classify [syn: classifiable]
3: 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" [syn: distinguishing,