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English adjective: distinct

1. distinct (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality


SamplesPlants of several distinct types.
The word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses.
Gold is distinct from iron.
A tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech.
Management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees.


Synonymsdistinguishable


Similardifferent


Antonymssame

2. distinct easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined


SamplesA distinct flavor.
A distinct odor of turpentine.
A distinct outline.
The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
Distinct fingerprints.


Similarchiseled, clean-cut, clear, clear-cut, crisp, crystalline, defined, knifelike, outlined, razor-sharp, sharp, well-defined


See alsoclear, definite, precise


Antonymsindistinct

3. distinct constituting a separate entity or part


SamplesA government with three discrete divisions.
On two distinct occasions.


Synonymsdiscrete


Similarseparate


Antonymsjoint

4. distinct recognizable; marked


SamplesNoticed a distinct improvement.
At a distinct (or decided) disadvantage.


Synonymsdecided


Similardefinite


Antonymsindefinite

5. distinct clearly or sharply defined to the mind


SamplesClear-cut evidence of tampering.
Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest.
Trenchant distinctions between right and wrong.


Synonymsclear-cut, trenchant


Similarclear


Antonymsunclear









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