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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 of distinct
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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Examples from the Web for distinctness
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  • He continued to mutter and swear, but without coherence or distinctness.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • They were to have a regular little lark—that she remembered, too, with distinctness.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • distinctness is a great merit in roses, especially when the French rosarians have so overpiled the catalogue.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Should you mind pointing them out to me with some distinctness?

    The Economist Xenophon
  • Contemplating himself, he sees truth with absolute clearness and distinctness.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Do these images come to you with the distinctness of reality?

    Power of Mental Imagery Warren Hilton
  • I also remember with distinctness of detail a chorusman who took part in a new Lehar opera, there in Berlin.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • He lives in my imagination with the distinctness of a Paolo Malatesta or a Romeo.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • In proportion as knowledge attains to distinctness, as consciousness ascends in the scale of organic life, pain increases also.

    Schopenhauer Margrieta Beer
  • What appeared to afflict her most was that she could not articulate with distinctness.

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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