What is the difference between distinct and distinctive?

Distinct means clear.

  • a distinct edge
  • a distinct difference
  • a distinct advantage
  • a distinct path

Distinctive means being different from something else in such a  way that it stands out and is striking.

  • a distinctive fashion
  • a distinctive car
  • a distinctive design
  • a distinctive sign

 

There is a distinct difference between these pencils; one is distinctive.

There is a distinct difference between these pencils; one is distinctive.

 

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