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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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  • In twenty minutes, they read it distinctly without any assistance.

  • It must be distinctly understood, that we can have nothing to say to an interloper like Mr Walcot.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Monseigneur was ruffled, distinctly so, and Madame was on the verge of tears.

  • Only the landscape was distinctly not Italian, but South Jersey to the core.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • The other sentence might be taken to mean that only he had one; that, indeed, is what it distinctly says.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
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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