distinct




When something is distinct, it is easily identifiable or set apart from others of its kind. An eighth-grader who is six feet tall has a distinct advantage over the other kids on the basketball court.

A thing can be distinct if it is easy to see, either because it is different in some way from the things around it or if it is more clear and visible, as in: “The license number of the getaway car was more distinct once I cleaned my glasses.” The word distinct comes from “to distinguish,” which is when a person or thing is set apart from the pack: “The research that she did was distinct in its attention to detail.”

Definitions of distinct
  1. adjective

    constituting a separate entity or part

    “on two
    distinct occasions”
    synonyms:
    discrete

    separate

    independent; not united or joint
  2. adjective

    (often followed by `from’) not alike; different in nature or quality

    “plants 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”
    synonyms:
    distinguishable

    different

    unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
  3. adjective

    recognizable; marked

    “noticed a
    distinct improvement”
    synonyms:
    decided

    definite

    precise; explicit and clearly defined
  4. adjective

    easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

    “a
    distinct flavor”
    “a
    distinct odor of turpentine”
    “a
    distinct outline”
    “the ship appeared as a
    distinct silhouette”
    distinct fingerprints”
    Synonyms:

    clear

    readily apparent to the mind
    definite

    precise; explicit and clearly defined
    chiseled, well-defined

    having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges
    clean-cut, clear, clear-cut

    clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    crisp, sharp

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
    crystalline

    distinctly or sharply outlined
    defined, outlined

    showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
    knifelike

    having a sharp or distinct edge
    razor-sharp

    very clearly delineated
    precise

    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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    Antonyms:

    indistinct

    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
    unclear

    not clear to the mind
    indefinite

    vague or not clearly defined or stated
    bedimmed

    made dim or indistinct
    bleary, blurred, blurry, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, muzzy

    indistinct or hazy in outline
    cloudy, nebulose, nebulous

    lacking definite form or limits
    dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy

    lacking clarity or distinctness
    faint

    indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
    veiled

    muted or unclear
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  5. adjective

    clearly or sharply defined to the mind

    “Claudius was the first to invade Britain with
    distinct…intentions of conquest”
    synonyms:
    clear-cut, trenchant

    clear

    readily apparent to the mind

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