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    Distinctive and Unique

    Let's suppose that someone saw very unusual design of building or clothes or style. And he or she was deeply touched by that unusual design, than the person might want to say something about their thought or feeling. In this situation, which word is suit for the situation between "distinctive" and "unique" in spoken English? Can "distinctive" and "unique" be both used in this light?

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    Re: Distinctive and Unique

    They can, but not with exactly the same meaning. Have you looked up the words in a dictionary?

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    Re: Distinctive and Unique

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Let's suppose that someone saw a very unusual design of building or clothes or style. And he or she was deeply touched by that unusual design, than then the person might want to say something about their thought or feeling. In this situation, which word is suit for the situation between "distinctive" and "unique" in spoken English? Can "distinctive" and "unique" be both used in this light?

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    Distinctive means "having a special quality, character, or appearance that is different and easy to recognize", and "unique" means "unusually good and special", so in essence, only a very special building can be called "unique", while a moderately special building is "distinctive".

    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 18-Jun-2012 at 00:26.

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    Re: Distinctive and Unique

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    Distinctive means "having a special quality, character, or appearance that is different and easy to recognize", and "unique" means "unusually good and special", so in essence, only a very special building can be called "unique", while a moderately special building is "distinctive".
    Are those your definitions, or did you find them in a dictionary? If the latter, please credit your source(s).

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    Re: Distinctive and Unique

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Are those your definitions, or did you find them in a dictionary? If the latter, please credit your source(s).
    Apologies. The source is the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.

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