Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fact of not distinguishing or making distinctions; failure to perceive or make a difference.
  • n. The condition or fact of not being distinct or different; absence of distinguishing qualities or characteristics; undistinguishableness.
  • n. Indistinctness, obscurity, dimness.
  • n. Absence of distinction or eminence; obscurity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of distinction or distinguishableness; confusion; uncertainty; indiscrimination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of distinction in kind or character; confusion; indiscrimination.
  • n. Absence of distinction in condition or rank; equality; sameness.
  • n. Indistinctness; obscurity; dimness.

Etymologies

First attested in 1624; formed as in- +‎ distinction, after indistinct. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What sodden indistinction just an hour ago had all but persuaded us not to regret resumes its first divisions: slate from cinder, ash from smoke, warm dapple-gray from moleskin, dove - from

    Varenna

  • It builds on the primal unity of all things and observes unity's endless reverberations as it emerges from indistinction.

    William C. Chittick, Ph.D.: The Innate Beauty Of Human Nature

  • For in solitude the blur of safe indistinction becomes sharp and dangerous identity.

    Art and Literature

  • From a critical view I recognise the utility in Clute's closed definition, the problems of indistinction and overload that emerge when we throw the term fantasy about with little specificity.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • If they fell by long and aged decay, yet wrapt up in the bundle of time, they fall into indistinction, and make but one blot with infants.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Inside the prison camp, law and punishment, zoe [ie Agamben's 'biological life'] and bios [political life], and exclusion and inclusion indeed enter a zone of indistinction.

    Prisons

  • The uncanny manifests a movement, a displacement or relocation which foregrounds indistinction and disjunction, a destabilisation of boundaries within and between psychic and material realities.

    Reading Machines

  • During those days — running without knowing why, carrying a burden I didn't understand — I assumed that I would lose myself in Khlennium and seek a life of indistinction.

    Mistborn

  • Envy gives thee the indistinction: Nature inspires the admiration: unknown to thyself it inspires it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Kelsie Solette had a pinched hillbilly face, saved from indistinction by enormous cornflower eyes.

    Enemy Within

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