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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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  • They can therefore be grouped into a hierarchy of distinctness.
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British Dictionary definitions for distinctness

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 distinctness

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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