Definition of distinctiveness in US English:

distinctiveness

noun

  • The quality of being individual or easily distinguishable.

    ‘communities are keen to maintain cultural distinctiveness’
    • ‘Today, for any kind of youth culture, spending money seems to be a condition of their social distinctiveness.’
    • ‘As a result our streets are losing their local distinctiveness and character.’
    • ‘Pole's new music largely retains the distinctiveness of the old, in spite of its radical shift in direction.’
    • ‘Such creative people often give city cultures their vibrancy and distinctiveness.’
    • ‘The immediate reaction was a crisis of confidence, followed by a reassertion of Scottish distinctiveness in culture and politics.’
    • ‘Their great distinctiveness is that they are subjective.’
    • ‘They created a market niche by executing a pop-reggae hybrid with more distinctiveness and consistency than did their counterparts.’
    • ‘We believe that a further improvement in quality and distinctiveness can be achieved.’
    • ‘Those of us who think it is important to preserve the distinctiveness of Christian universities have reason to be both pessimistic and optimistic.’
    • ‘Ultimately, these changes would slowly erode the cultural and economic distinctiveness and diversity of the countryside.’

Pronunciation

distinctiveness

/dəˈstiNG(k)tivnəs/