The building looks plain. Its only distinctiveness is the cat logo.

I'm pretty sure distinctiveness is not an everyday word. What's a better alternative?

  • distinctive feature? – anongoodnurse Oct 30 '14 at 2:54
  • noticeable feature or feature of note – Jim Oct 30 '14 at 3:33
  • "The only thing special about it is the 'cat' logo." "Its only specialty is ..." – Kris Oct 30 '14 at 6:45

Distinctiveness is not an unusual word by any means, but you're right that it's not a good fit here. It would be better to write:

Its only distinctive feature is the cat logo.

'Distinctive feature' means approximately the same as 'noticeable characteristic'.

You could also write:

Its only distinguishing feature is the cat logo.

In the context of your question, that would mean 'characteristic that sets it apart from other buildings'.


unique feature? standout feature?


Or perhaps, merely "distinction"?

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