Entity vs Distinct - What's the difference?

entity | distinct |


As a noun entity

is that which has a distinct existence as an individual unit often used for organisations which have no physical form.

As an adjective distinct is

capable of being perceived very clearly.

entity

English

(wikipedia entity)

Noun

(entities)
  • That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.
  • *
  • It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities .
  • An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence.
  • (computing) Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organised array or set of individual elements or parts.
  • The state or quality of being or existence.
  • The group successfully maintains its tribal entity.
  • * Quotation: The policy of the government of the United States is to seek . . . to preserve Chinese territorial and administrative entity --
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * entitative * entity-relationship model * geopolitical entity * legal entity * nonentity

    distinct

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Capable of being perceived very clearly.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne, title=Well Tackled!
  • , chapter=13 citation , passage=“Yes, there are two distinct sets of footprints, both wearing rubber shoes—one I think ordinary plimsolls, the other goloshes,” replied the sergeant.}}
  • Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
  • Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from .
  • * Clarendon
  • The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct .
  • (obsolete) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
  • * Milton
  • Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  • (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
  • * Spenser
  • The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.

    Synonyms

    * prominent * separate * several (in dated sense)

    Antonyms

    * indistinct * (capable of being perceived very clearly) confusing * (different from one another) same