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distinction

noun
     
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dis‧tinc‧tion S3 W2
1

difference

[uncountable and countable] a clear difference or separation between two similar things
distinction between
the distinction between formal and informal language
clear/sharp distinction
There is often no clear distinction between an allergy and food intolerance.
make/draw a distinction
The Act makes no distinction between children and adults (=it treats them as if they were the same).
2

excellence

[uncountable] the quality of being excellent and important:
Eliot's distinction as a poet
3

being special

[singular] the quality of being special in some way
have/earn/achieve etc the distinction of doing something
At that time, it had the distinction of being the largest bridge in the UK.
The US enjoys the dubious distinction of being the lawsuit capital of the world.
4

result

[uncountable and countable]SE a special mark given to a student whose work is excellent
with distinction
He obtained a law doctorate with distinction.

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