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distinct

[dih-stingkt] /dɪˈstɪŋkt/
adjective
1.
distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from):
His private and public lives are distinct.
2.
different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from):
Gold is distinct from iron.
3.
clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable:
The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
4.
distinguishing or perceiving clearly:
distinct vision.
5.
unquestionably exceptional or notable:
a distinct honor.
6.
Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.
Origin of distinct
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin distinctus, past participle of disting(u)ere to divide off, pick out, distinguish (di- di-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick, mark by pricking; cf. instinct1, instigate)
Related forms
distinctness, noun
Synonyms
1. individual. See various. 3. well-defined, unconfused.
Antonyms
3, 4. indistinct.
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  • There are, at least, three distinct specialties of the singing teacher.

    Seed Thoughts for Singers Frank Herbert Tubbs
  • She heard him speaking in a voice not louder than a whisper, rapid, distinct.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • What I have done and what I am going to do this afternoon are two distinct things, Mrs. C.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
  • I hear voices in all directions, and never have they been so distinct as at this moment.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The two Governments, considered as distinct legislative powers, are on a footing of perfect equality.

    Strictures on Nullification Alexander Hill Everett
British Dictionary definitions for distinct

distinct

/dɪˈstɪŋkt/
adjective
1.
easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
2.
(when postpositive, foll by from) not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
3.
not alike; different
4.
sharp; clear
5.
recognizable; definite: a distinct improvement
6.
explicit; unequivocal
7.
(maths, logic) (of a pair of entities) not identical
8.
(botany) (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate
Derived Forms
distinctly, adverb
distinctness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish
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Word Origin and History for distinct
adj.

late 14c., originally past participle of distincten (c.1300) "to distinguish," from Old French distincter, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctness.

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