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Definition of distinct adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1easily or clearly heard, seen, felt, etc. There was a distinct smell of gas. His voice was quiet but every word was distinct.
  2. 2clearly different or of a different kind The results of the survey fell into two distinct groups. distinct from something Jamaican reggae music is quite distinct from North American jazz or blues. rural areas,as distinct from major cities
  3. 3[only before noun] used to emphasize that you think an idea or situation definitely exists and is important synonym definite Being tall gave Tony a distinct advantage. I had the distinct impression I was being watched. A strike is now a distinct possibility.
adverb I distinctly heard someone calling me. a distinctly Australian accent He could remember everything very distinctly.
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noun [uncountable]
AWL Collocationsdistinctdistinct adjectiveclearly different or of a different kindsufficiently clearly fundamentally, radically whollyMexican culture is sufficiently distinct in ethnic, religious, and linguistic terms to retain its individuality.functionally structurally geographically culturally analytically, logicallySingle-subject research will likely be the best way to extend our research into culturally distinct populations.remain become appearThese factors suggest that Dominicans probably will remain distinct from the American population as a whole into the twenty-first century.~ from one another, ~ from each otherOverall, the two extreme groups were found to be distinct from each other in nearly every characteristic considered.~ from somethingArt that is appreciated for its beauty is distinct from art that produces items for practical use, such as furniture.distinction nouna clear difference or contrast, especially between two things that are similar or relatedclear, sharp subtle crucial, fundamental, important conceptualHowever, subtle distinctions can generally be made between these species.blur clarify collapse, elideBoth books elide distinctions between nature and human society.draw, makeThe authors note that respondents make a sharp distinction between religion and spirituality.distinctive adjectivehaving a quality or characteristic that makes something different and easily noticedhighly, particularly, truly sufficiently individually culturallyWe marked each bird with an individually distinctive combination of colored leg bands.feature, characteristicThe most distinctive feature of these costumes is the striped, fringed skirt, woven from flax.
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