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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very clear.
  • adj. Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from")
  • adj. Noticeably different.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
  • adj. Marked; variegated.
  • adj. Separate in place; not conjunct; not united by growth or otherwise; -- with from.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To distinguish.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere ("to distinguish"); see distinguish. (Wiktionary)

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