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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. Unabridged
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distinct (dɪˈstɪŋkt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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