Definitions for distinctiondɪˈstɪŋk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. differentiation, distinction(noun)

    a discrimination between things as different and distinct

    "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

  2. eminence, distinction, preeminence, note(noun)

    high status importance owing to marked superiority

    "a scholar of great eminence"

  3. distinction(noun)

    a distinguishing quality

    "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

  4. distinction(noun)

    a distinguishing difference

    "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"

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  1. distinction(Noun)

    That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

  2. distinction(Noun)

    The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination

  3. distinction(Noun)

    specifically, a feature that that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.

  4. Origin: From (12th century) distinction, from accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo. Used in English from the late 14th century.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Distinction(noun)

    a marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division

  2. Distinction(noun)

    the act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination

  3. Distinction(noun)

    that which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good

  4. Distinction(noun)

    estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance

  5. Distinction(noun)

    conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction

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  1. Distinction

    Distinction is a principle under international humanitarian law governing the legal use of force in an armed conflict, whereby belligerents must distinguish between combatants and civilians. Distinction and proportionality are important factors in assessing military necessity in that the harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated by an attack on a military objective.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2428

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Nouns Frequency: #939


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