American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Readily distinguishable from all others; discrete: on two distinct occasions.
- adj. Easily perceived by the senses or intellect; clear: a distinct flavor.
- adj. Clearly defined; unquestionable: at a distinct disadvantage.
- adj. Very likely; probable: There is a distinct possibility that she won't come.
- adj. Notable: a distinct honor and high privilege.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Distinguished; not identical; not the same; separate; specifically, marked off; discretely different from another or others, or from one another.
- Clearly distinguishable by sense; that may be plainly perceived; well defined; not blurred or indeterminate: as, a distinct view of an object; distinct articulation; to make a distinct mark or impression.
- Clearly distinguishable by the mind; unmistakable; indubitable; positive: as, a distinct assertion, promise, or falsehood.
- Very plain and intelligible in thought or expression. The distinction made by writers on vision between imperfection of vision due to want of light (obscurity) and that owing to distance (confusion) was transferred to psychology by Descartes. With him a distinct idea is one which resists dialectic criticism. Later writers, adhering more closely to the optical metaphor, make a clear idea to be one distinguishable from others, and a distinct idea to be one whose parts can be distinguished from one another; hence, one which can be abstractly defined.
- Distinguishing clearly; capable of receiving or characterized by definite impressions; not confused or obscure: as, distinct vision; distinct perception of right and wrong.
- Decorated; adorned.
- Synonyms Separate, etc. See different.
- 2 and Well marked, plain, obvious, unmistakable. See distinctly.
- To make distinct; distinguish.
- adj. Very clear.
- adj. Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from")
- adj. Noticeably different.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
- adj. obsolete Marked; variegated.
- adj. Separate in place; not conjunct; not united by growth or otherwise; -- with
- adj. Not identical; different; individual.
- adj. So separated as not to be confounded with any other thing; not liable to be misunderstood; not confused; well-defined; clear.
- v. obsolete To distinguish.
- adj. constituting a separate entity or part
- adj. recognizable; marked.
- adj. clearly or sharply defined to the mind
- adj. easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
- adj. (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere ("to distinguish"); see distinguish. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, past participle of distincten, to distinguish, discern, from Old French destincter, from Latin distīnctus, past participle of distinguere, to distinguish; see distinguish. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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