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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: distinctus, past participle of distinguere; DISTINGUISH

distinct

adjective
     
dis‧tinct W3
1 clearly different or belonging to a different type:
two entirely distinct languages
distinct types/groups/categories etc
There are four distinct types.
distinct from
The learning needs of the two groups are quite distinct from each other.
2

as distinct from something

used to make it clear that you are not referring to a particular kind of thing, but to something else:
a movie star, as distinct from an actor
3 something that is distinct can clearly be seen, heard, smelled etc:
The outline of the ship became more distinct.
4 [only before noun] a distinct possibility, feeling, quality etc definitely exists and cannot be ignored:
I got the distinct impression he was trying to make me angry.
There is a distinct possibility that this will eventually be needed.
a distinct lack of enthusiasm

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