Definition of distinct adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 easily or clearly heard, seen, felt, etc.There was a distinct smell of gas.His voice was quiet but every word was distinct.2 clearly different or of a different kindThe results of the survey fell into two distinct groups. distinct from somethingJamaican reggae music is quite distinct from North American jazz or blues.rural areas, as distinct from major cities3 [only before noun] used to emphasize that you think an idea or situation definitely exists and is important synonym definiteBeing tall gave Tony a distinct advantage.I had the distinct impression I was being watched.A strike is now a distinct possibility. distinctly
adverbI distinctly heard someone calling me.a distinctly Australian accentHe could remember everything very distinctly.
noun [uncountable]
Usage noteUsage note: distinctdistinct 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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