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Martinez and his colleagues identified 21 distinct emotions made by the human face.
  clear, easily noticed, and/or identifiable as different or separate
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distinct distinctly distinctness distinctive indistinct
Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...

Suffix Exceptions:

The common suffix -tion that converts an adjective to a noun works for distinct when it is used in a sentence like "There is a clear distinction between a cat and a dog."  But distinction more commonly has the added meaning that something is excellent because of that difference. For example; "She served in the Air Force with distinction."

A similar, but less common exception to standard suffix meaning is seen in the word distinctive. It is typically used in a sentence like "She has a distinctive posture," to mean that something is distinct. But it can also be used in a sentence like "Her good posture makes her look distinctive," to indicate that some difference is excellent.
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  • Martinez and his colleagues identified 21 distinct emotions made by the human face.
  • Two distinct brain networks guide our judgments.
  • I distinctly remember my first kiss.
  • In the early days, Facebook recognized two distinct genders. Now it has over 50.

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  • She says it is a distinct possibility.
  • The differences in capabilities of a phone, tablet, and personal computer continue to grow less distinct.
  • Which choice best summarizes the first paragraph of the passage:
    1. Population in the central city tends to grow and shrink at the same pace as population in the suburbs.
    2. Population growth in the central city and suburbs are two distinct phenomena.
  • ’I can smell him distinctly!’ and at the word ’Snowball’ all the dogs let out blood-curdling growls and showed their side teeth.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He heard the distinct shuffle of Peter’s awkward footsteps behind him.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • She had an eyebrow ring, too, and I distinctly remember walking up to her as she was staring at a candle that was sitting on the windowsill in my grandmother’s den and asking if she wanted any dessert.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  • Her position before was sheltered from the light; now, I had a distinct view of her whole figure and countenance.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The united vastness and distinctness of this view so struck him, that he no longer asked if he might shake hands with me, but said he really must,—and did.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "The day’s soma ration," Bernard answered rather indistinctly; for he was masticating a piece of Benito Hoover’s chewing-gum.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Darcy, in wretched suspense, could only say something indistinctly of his concern, and observe her in compassionate silence.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • BLOOM: (Indistinctly) University of life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The words were still in his hearing as just spoken—distinctly in his hearing as ever spoken words had been in his life—when the weary passenger started to the consciousness of daylight, and found that the shadows of the night were gone.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But possessing all the grand distinctive features of the leviathan, most naturalists have recognised him for one.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I caught scraps of their conversation, from which I was able only too distinctly to infer the main subject discussed.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I shall call hills steep, which ought to be bold; surfaces strange and uncouth, which ought to be irregular and rugged; and distant objects out of sight, which ought only to be indistinct through the soft medium of a hazy atmosphere.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • That which is now a horse, even with a thought The rack dislimns; and makes it indistinct, As water is in water.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • All was royal; To the disposing of it nought rebell’d, Order gave each thing view; the office did Distinctly his full function.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • To offend, and judge, are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • As well to see the vessel that’s come in As to throw out our eyes for brave Othello, Even till we make the main and the aerial blue An indistinct regard.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Thou dost snore distinctly: There’s meaning in thy snores.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He must be a theologian, so as to be able to give a clear and distinctive reason for the Christian faith he professes, wherever it may be asked of him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "I remember, my good sir, I remember quite well your coming here," the old woman said distinctly, still keeping her inquiring eyes on his face.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • —the prince distinctly heard the word half whispered from behind him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Dorothea’s timidity was due to an indistinct consciousness that she was in the strange situation of consulting a third person about the adequacy of Mr. Casaubon’s learning.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His voice was shrill, but very clear and articulate; and I could distinctly hear it when I stood up.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "You thought!" shouted the prince, his words coming more and more rapidly and indistinctly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They tried to tell her what the doctor had said, but it appeared that though the doctor had talked distinctly enough and at great length, it was utterly impossible to report what he had said.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • …Western seas, The area the eighty-third year of these States, the three and a half millions of square miles, The eighteen thousand miles of sea-coast and bay-coast on the main, the thirty thousand miles of river navigation, The seven millions of distinct families and the same number of dwellings— always these, and more, branching forth into numberless branches, Always the free range and diversity—always the continent of Democracy; Always the prairies, pastures, forests, vast cities,…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • And in the very wonder of this, it would be itself again; distinct and clear as ever.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • The vowel was so modified as to be indistinct.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I have a distinct recollection of Lady Chiltern always getting the good conduct prize!
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • "I think so," he returned very gently, and kindly, and very distinctly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I trembled without distinctly knowing why, and still looked at her earnestly, making no attempt to answer.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Their cries reached me weakened and indistinct and, leaning my forehead against the cool glass, I looked over at the dark house where she lived.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • It was quite a different sort of thing, a sentiment distinct and independent.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "It is mine," said she, and, from a sense of proportion, kept down to a small smile an inclination to laugh distinctly: "it flew away last night."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • No little Gradgrind had ever seen a face in the moon; it was up in the moon before it could speak distinctly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Looking past that mad helmsman, who was shaking the empty rifle and yelling at the shore, I saw vague forms of men running bent double, leaping, gliding, distinct, incomplete, evanescent.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • They are not on speaking terms; and they have put before us three distinct and incompatible views of Social-Democracy.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Maria’s notions on the subject were more confused and indistinct.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It was not until late at night that the gaslight in the living room was put out, and now it was easy to see that parents and sister had stayed awake all that time, as they all could be distinctly heard as they went away together on tip-toe.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • ’If we do, it must be distinctly understood that we do not pledge ourselves to the quality of the performances.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • This declaration brought on a loud and overpowering reply, of which no part was very distinct, except the frequent exclamations, amounting almost to oaths, which adorned it, and Catherine was left, when it ended, with rather a strengthened belief of there being a great deal of wine drunk in Oxford, and the same happy conviction of her brother’s comparative sobriety.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • ’Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In a long strip of meadow land, where there was ample space for all, they were thus divided, forming three distinct parties; and to that party of the three which boasted least animation, and least complaisance, Anne necessarily belonged.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I rather fancied myself because I can pronounce twenty-four distinct vowel sounds; but your hundred and thirty beat me.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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