A distinction between similar things is a difference. There are obvious distinctions between the two wine-making areas If you draw a distinction or make a distinction, you say that two things are different. I did not yet make a distinction between the pleasures of reading and of writing fiction
A feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; being distinguished
If you say that someone or something has the distinction of being something, you are drawing attention to the fact that they have the special quality of being that thing. Distinction is normally used to refer to good qualities, but can sometimes also be used to refer to bad qualities. He has the distinction of being regarded as the Federal Republic's greatest living writer
Distinction is the quality of being very good or better than other things of the same type. Lewis emerges as a composer of distinction and sensitivity
high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence"
That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good
The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination
a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
a distinguishing quality; "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
A distinction is a special award or honour that is given to someone because of their very high level of achievement. The order was created in 1902 as a special distinction for eminent men and women = honour
A linguistic or conceptual distinction which is of no practical importance or which has no effect on meaning; a perceived difference where there is no actual difference
The Bush Administration attempted to distinguish the current case from Flast. . . . Judge Richard Posner, writing for the court of appeals, responded that this was a distinction without a difference. In the end, all money is appropriated by Congress.
In both logic and epistemology, the distinction (derived from Immanuel Kant) between statements whose predicate is included in the subject (analytic statements) and statements whose predicate is not included in the subject (synthetic statements). Some philosophers prefer to define as analytic all statements whose denial would be self-contradictory, and to define the term synthetic as meaning "not analytic." The distinction, introduced by Kant in The Critique of Pure Reason, aroused extensive debate in the mid-20th century, particularly in view of objections raised by W.V.O. Quine
(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
If you say that you are talking about one thing as distinct from another, you are indicating exactly which thing you mean. There's a lot of evidence that oily fish, as distinct from fatty meat, has a beneficial effect
If something is distinct from something else of the same type, it is different or separate from it. Engineering and technology are disciplines distinct from one another and from science This book is divided into two distinct parts. + distinctly dis·tinct·ly a banking industry with two distinctly different sectors
If an idea, thought, or intention is distinct, it is clear and definite. Now that Tony was no longer present, there was a distinct change in her attitude + distinctly dis·tinct·ly I distinctly remember wishing I had not got involved
clearly or sharply defined to the mind; "clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct intentions of conquest"; "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"
recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage" 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" (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
A group function which specifies that only one row will be returned for each unique value For example, a select distinct on last name would return only one value for "Smith", even if there were 5 different Smiths in the warehouse
emphasis You can use distinct to emphasize that something is great enough in amount or degree to be noticeable or important. Being 6ft 3in tall has some distinct disadvantages! = definite + distinctly dis·tinct·ly His government is looking distinctly shaky
A phrase used in the SELECT relational algebra operator to list only those values of an attribute that are different from each other If a particular value is selected multiple times, it will only appear once in the result table
If something is distinct, you can hear, see, or taste it clearly. to impart a distinct flavor with a minimum of cooking fat. + distinctly dis·tinct·ly I distinctly heard the loudspeaker calling passengers for the Turin-Amsterdam flight
In philosophy, the ontological distinction between what is (facts) and what ought to be (values). David Hume gave the distinction its classical formulation in his dictum that it is impossible to derive an "ought" from an "is." See also naturalistic fallacy
[ di-'sti[ng](k)-sh&n ] (noun.) 13th century. From Old French (12th century) distinction, ultimately from the Latin accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguere "distinguish". Use in English from the late 14th century.
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