distinct


distinct
distinct, distinctive
1. Both words are related to the verb distinguish, but distinct means essentially ‘separate, different’ (The word has several distinct meanings) or ‘unmistakable, decided’ (She has a distinct impression of being watched), and is closer to distinguishable, whereas distinctive means ‘characteristic, identifying’ (The bird has distinctive black and white wing markings) and is closer to distinguishing. Distinct is often followed by from (Holiness is distinct from goodness), and this construction is common in the prepositional phrase as distinct from.
2. Examples of both words: (distinct)

• Scrambling, as distinct from fell walking and rock climbing, is a Cinderella of a sport —Guardian Weekly, 1978

• It was a comparatively shabby office…Euram Marketing gave a distinct impression of watching the pennies —G. Markstein, 1981

• Software designers have used two distinct methods in their attempt to provide the perfect package —Micro Software Magazine, 1982

• I can still hear her distinct, rather emphatic, very self-assured speech —R. Cobb, 1983

• (distinctive) Everyone who knew the Temple School will remember the distinctive smell of Freddie's office —Penelope Fitzgerald, 1982

• Her main ‘discovery’…was the distinctive way in which Marx had challenged all previous political traditions —D. May, 1986

• We currently have a number of distinctive looking dogs in kennels that have not been reported missing —Cornishman, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • distinct — 1 Distinct, separate, several, discrete are comparable when used in reference to two or more things (sometimes persons) and in the sense of not being individually the same. Distinct always implies a capacity for being distinguished by the eye or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distinct — distinct, incte [ distɛ̃(kt), ɛ̃kt ] adj. • 1308; lat. distinctus, de distinguere 1 ♦ Qui ne se confond pas avec qqch. d analogue, de voisin. ⇒ autre, différent, indépendant, séparé. Problèmes, domaines distincts. « la politique n est pas… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • distinct — DISTÍNCT, Ă, distincţi, te, adj. 1. Care se deosebeşte prin anumite trăsături proprii de alte lucruri de acelaşi fel sau asemănătoare; deosebit, diferit. 2. (Adesea adverbial) Clar, evident, lămurit, desluşit. – Din fr. distinct, lat. distinctus …   Dicționar Român

  • Distinct — Dis*tinct , a. [L. distinctus, p. p. of distinguere: cf. F. distinct. See {Distinguish}.] 1. Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Wherever thus created for no place …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distinct — I (clear) adjective apparent, clarus, clear cut, clear to the mind, clear to the senses, clearly defined, concrete, conspicuous, crystal clear, definite, distinctus, distinguishable, easily perceived, easily understood, eidetic, evident, explicit …   Law dictionary

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  • distinct — [di stiŋkt′] adj. [ME & OFr < L distinctus, pp. of distinguere: see DISTINGUISH] 1. not alike; different 2. not the same; separate; individual 3. clearly perceived or marked off; clear; plain [a distinct image] 4. well defined; unmistakable;… …   English World dictionary

  • distinct — DISTINCT, INCTE. adject. Différent, séparé d un autre. Ce sont deux choses bien distinctes. Il faut que les articles d un compte soient bien distincts. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi, Clair et net. Un son distinct, une voix distincte. Une vue… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • distinct — [adj1] apparent, obvious audible, categorical, clean cut, clear, clear cut, decided, definite, enunciated, evident, explicit, express, incisive, lucid, manifest, marked, noticeable, palatable, patent, perspicuous, plain, prescribed, recognizable …   New thesaurus

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