distinctiveness distinctiveness  /dɪs ˈtɪŋk tɪv nəs/


  1. (n) a distinguishing trait
  2. (n) utter dissimilarity


  1. Perhaps we just seek to preserve our distinctiveness from the Old World.
  2. Its positions on sex and gender issues have become commonplace in the American Church, diminishing the distinctiveness of the progressives.
  3. Because cloning interferes with human distinctiveness and individuality: 22 Because cloning could be used for questionable purposes like breeding a superior race or clone armies.



  1. "Our goal, each year, is to surprise ourselves and others by the quality, distinctiveness, and reach of those we identify and support. We have surprised ourselves again this year. As a group, this new class of Fellows takes one's breath away. Each...
    on Sep 22, 2008 By: Daniel Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  2. "These appointments are a crucial step towards delivering our vision of the future, providing news 24/7 while maintaining the distinctiveness of the Guardian and Observer," said Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of...
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: Alan Rusbridger Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "We have a distinctive gun culture here and I'd like to maintain that distinctiveness," McGuinty said before a Liberal cabinet meeting. "I've always said that we should have a good, effective gun registry system in place. We have requested of...
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Dalton McGuinty Source: 680 News

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