Meaning of differentia in English:

differentia

Pronunciation /ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪə/

See synonyms for differentia

noundifferentiae

  • 1A distinguishing mark or characteristic.

    ‘Then I turn over in my mind the list of topical differentiae and I see that the differentia ‘from equals’ will provide me with the argument I need.’
    • ‘The differentiae of specific emotions are not physiological, but cognitive or something else.’
    • ‘Indeed, a major differentia between philosophy and theology lies in each discipline's locus of authority and attitude toward its own past.’
    1. 1.1Philosophy An attribute that distinguishes a species of thing from other species of the same genus.
      ‘The text deals with a detailed explanation of the five logical-ontological key concepts: genus, species, differentia, essential attribute and accidental attribute.’
      • ‘As a result, if being were a genus, no differentiae could be said to have being; but ‘the differentiae of any genus must each of them both have being and be one’.’
      • ‘Its matter is its genus, which is only potentially the species defined; its differentia is the form that actualizes the matter.’
      • ‘In the same manner, matter has been regarded prior to form, and genus to differentia.’
      • ‘It has to be compared with the views of some other philosophers in order for its specifica differentia to come out clearly.’

Origin

Late 17th century from Latin, literally ‘difference’, from different- ‘carrying away’ (see different).