differentia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin differentia.

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Noun[edit]

differentia (plural differentiae)

  1. (semantics, logic) A distinguishing feature which marks something off from other members of the same family.
    • 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.
    • 1928, E. M. Edghill, Categories, translation of original by Aristotle:
      If genera are different and co-ordinate, their differentiae are themselves different in kind. Take as an instance the genus ‘animal’ and the genus ‘knowledge’. ‘With feet’, ‘two-footed’, ‘winged’, ‘aquatic’, are differentiae of ‘animal’; the species of knowledge are not distinguished by the same differentiae.
  2. (taxonomy) An attribute that distinguishes a species from others of the same genus.

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Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

differentia (plural differentias)

  1. difference

Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

differentia f (genitive differentiae); first declension

  1. difference
  2. diversity

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative differentia differentiae
genitive differentiae differentiārum
dative differentiae differentiīs
accusative differentiam differentiās
ablative differentiā differentiīs
vocative differentia differentiae

Participle[edit]

differentia

  1. nominative neuter plural of differens
  2. accusative neuter plural of differens
  3. vocative neuter plural of differens