Definition of Differentia

1. Noun. Distinguishing characteristics (especially in different species of a genus).

Generic synonyms: Difference

Definition of Differentia

1. n. The formal or distinguishing part of the essence of a species; the characteristic attribute of a species; specific difference.

Definition of Differentia

1. Noun. (semantics logic) A distinguishing feature which marks something off from other members of the same family. ¹

2. Noun. (taxonomy) The attribute that distinguishes a species from others of the same genus ¹

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Definition of Differentia

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Differentia

difference engine
difference equation
difference limen
difference of opinion
difference of two squares
difference threshold
different as chalk and cheese
different light
different strokes
differentia (current term)
differential adhesion
differential analyzer
differential blood count
differential blood pressure
differential calculus
differential centrifugation
differential coefficient
differential cost
differential diagnoses

Literary usage of Differentia

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1. Metaphysics: Or, the Science of Perception by John Miller (1904)
"But in beauty, a differentia would seem a myth, so varied are the forms of it, and so many. 2. And further, secondly, there is so bad a generalization. ..."

2. Organon of Science: Three Books in One Volume by John Harrison Stinson (1879)
"... similia be inter se differentia, we will call the latter differential similia: ... similia and differential similia will then be differentia. ..."

3. Elements of Logic: Designed as a Manual of Instruction by Henry Coppée (1860)
"Species, Genus, and differentia. A species is a class obtained by generalization, which includes only individuals or subordinate classes, and is itself ..."

4. The Problem of Knowledge by Douglas Clyde Macintosh (1915)
"May it not perhaps turn out that we shall be able to derive the proximate genus for our definition of truth from the one side, and the differentia of the ..."

5. A Text-book of Deductive Logic for the Use of Students: For the Use of Students by P. K. Ray (1886)
"In other words, if the predicate of a proposition, in relation to the subject, be a genus, species, or differentia, the proposition is verbal, that is, ..."

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