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[dih-stingkt-lee] /dɪˈstɪŋkt li/
in a distinct manner; clearly:
Speak more distinctly.
without doubt; unmistakably.
Origin of distinctly
1350-1400; Middle English. See distinct, -ly
1. See clearly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Everyone would sound as distinctly indistinct as a television newscaster.
  • But decades and even centuries later, the impact of his words would be distinctly felt throughout society.
  • Soft piano music turned the area even more distinctly into a meditation zone.
  • In addition to financial constraints, the university suffers from distinctly mediocre students.
  • They had to play with it, shift its form, and elongate its lines in order to make it distinctly theirs.
  • He goes on to say that it is a distinctly human trait to put the weakest at the center of social life.
  • He immediately returned the gesture, opening his mouth and subtly but distinctly moving his tongue.
  • But the probe is once again visible though much less distinctly thanks to its icy coating.
  • Group membership may offer help and support, but can also create conflict and stress which can be distinctly unhealthy.
  • However, the heart is already beating before these two nervous systems become distinctly established.
Word Origin and History for distinctly

late 14c., from distinct + -ly (2).

[D]istinctly, 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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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