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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for distinct from

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 from
distinct
late 14c., from L. distinctus, pp. of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctly.
"distinctly, in the sense really quite, is the badge of the superior person indulgently recognizing unexpected merit in something that we are to understand is not quite worthy of his notice." [Fowler]
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