differentia

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin differentia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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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InterlinguaEdit

NounEdit

differentia ‎(plural differentias)

  1. difference

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From differō ‎(I am different).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

differentia f ‎(genitive differentiae); first declension

  1. difference
  2. diversity

InflectionEdit

First declension.

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

ParticipleEdit

differentia

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