distinct

[dih-stingkt]
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; 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)

distinctness, noun


1. individual. See various. 3. well-defined, unconfused.


3, 4. indistinct.
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distinct (dɪˈstɪŋkt)
 
adj
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
 
[C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish]
 
dis'tinctly
 
adv
 
dis'tinctness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
They can therefore be grouped into a hierarchy of distinctness.
Thus, these species are not independent and in order to sustain a restriction requirement, distinctness must be shown.
The distinctness of the aggregates is either weak, moderate, or strong.
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