differentia
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /dɪfəˈɹɛnʃɪə/
Noun

differentia (plural differentiae)

  1. (semantics, logic, taxonomy) A distinguishing feature which marks a species off from other members of the same genus.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, p. 38:
      That character, it seems to me, should be regarded as the practically important differentia of religion for our purpose.
    • 2017, Kory Stamper, Word By Word, Vintage 2018, p. 116:
      In the case of a word like “surfboard,” the differentiae seem pretty clear. How is this board different from all other boards?



This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.004
Offline English dictionary