distinct
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin distinctus, from past participle of distinguere Date: 14th century 1. distinguishable to the eye or mind as discrete ; separate <
a distinct cultural group
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<
teaching as distinct from research
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2. presenting a clear unmistakable impression <
a neat distinct handwriting
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3. archaic notably decorated 4. a. notable <
a distinct contribution to scholarship
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b. readily and unmistakably apprehended <
a distinct possibility of snow
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<
a distinct British accent
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distinctly adverbdistinctness noun Synonyms: distinct, separate, discrete mean not being each and every one the same. distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others <
two distinct versions
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. separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things <
separate rooms
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. discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection <
broke the job down into discrete stages
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. Synonym: see in addition evident.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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