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  • n. The property or degree of being distinct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being distinct; a separation or difference that prevents confusion of parts or things.
  • n. Nice discrimination; hence, clearness; precision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being distinct, in any sense of that word.
  • n. Synonyms Distinctness, Distinction (see distinction), plainness, perspicuity, explicitness, lucidity.

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

  • n. the state of being several and distinct
  • n. the quality of being sharp and clear
  • n. the quality of being not alike; being distinct or different from that otherwise experienced or known


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  • Like a man who is drowning, and close to death, he saw with surprising distinctness a kaleidoscopic view of his past life.

    The Third Degree A Narrative of Metropolitan Life

  • One, namely the distinctness of specific forms, and their not being blended together by innumerable transitional links, is a very obvious difficulty.

    On the Origin of Species~ Chapter 09 (historical)

  • Pathfinder_ and T.oreau; the scent of the soil, once again, in rain and in shine, is it not conveyed to us with an astonishing distinctness, that is the product of a literary endowment of the rarest order, by such writers as Izaak Walton and Robert Burns, and among recent writers in varying degrees by Richard Jefferies and by Barnes, by T. E.

    Isopel Berners The History of certain doings in a Staffordshire Dingle, July, 1825

  • Her very words had a sort of distinctness which is sometimes produced by sharp, bodily pain.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • In the constitutional debate, our obsession with the arithmetic of equalization and the vocabulary of "distinctness" has obscured the importance of this moral dimension, the dimension of justice.

    Making It in the New Economy

  • The Affections cannot be analyzed and comprehended with the same kind of distinctness with which we comprehend Thought and Imagination; because that which belongs to the Understanding can be expressed or described in words, and in that form be passed from one to another; while the

    The Elements of Character

  • They were outlined with that sharp, black distinctness which is seen when at night a fireman runs along the outer walls of a burning building.

    Adrift in the Wilds or, The Adventures of Two Shipwrecked Boys

  • At day-break, and for about half an hour before sunrise, if the weather be clear, even sharp peaks, like the cone of Teneriffe, may be seen with a degree of distinctness which is very remarkable, when viewed from the distance of a hundred miles and upwards, as I have several times experienced when navigating in the Pacific.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • This is called spherical aberration, and to it is due the want of distinctness which is frequently noticed around the edges of pictures taken in the camera.

    American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype

  • The FWS's recent decision, however, found that the comparison between a landlocked Washington State population and the estuarine population of the California Bay-Delta was inappropriate and inconclusive as to the Bay-Delta population's genetic "distinctness" from other populations within the species 'larger geographic range.

    Food and Farm News


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