The adjective distinct means clearly defined and readily distinguishable from all others. Distinct also means notable or highly probable.
Distinctive means set off by appearances or characteristic of a particular person, place, or thing.
- "The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend." (Charles Lamb)
- The senator's speech carried the distinct odor of hypocrisy.
- "A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless." (W. H. Auden)
a) Merdine is her own woman, with an identity _____ from her mother's.
b) "The _____ character of a child is to always live in the tangible present." (John Ruskin)