1. [ adjective ] of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
Synonyms: typical

"Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis Wilkie "that is typical of you!"

Related terms: characteristic
2. [ adjective ] possible to classify
Synonyms: classifiable
Related terms: identifiable
3. [ adjective ] serving to distinguish or identify a species or group
Synonyms: identifying distinguishing

"the distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage" "distinctive tribal tattoos" "we were asked to describe any identifying marks or distinguishing features"

Related terms: characteristic
Similar spelling:   distinctively