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Analysis vs Distinction - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between analysis and distinction

is that analysis is analysis while distinction is that which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

analysis

English

Noun

(wikipedia analysis)
  • (countable) Decomposition into components in order to study (a complex thing, concept, theory...).
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
  • , title= Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.}}
  • (countable) The result of such a process.
  • *
  • Thus, in a sequence such as [French English teacher''], since ''English'' is closer to
    the Head Noun ''teacher'', it must be a Complement; and since ''French'' is further
    away from ''teacher'', it must be an Attribute. Hence, we correctly predict that
    the only possible interpretation for [''a French English teacher
    ] is ‘a person who
    teaches English who is French?. So our analysis not only has semantic plausi-
    bility; but in addition it has independent syntactic support.
  • (uncountable, mathematics) The mathematical study of functions, sequences, series, limits, derivatives and integrals.
  • (countable, logic) Proof by deduction from known truths.
  • (countable, chemistry) The process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts, or the result of this process.
  • (uncountable, music) The analytical study of melodies]], [[harmony, harmonies, sequences, repetitions, variations, quotations, juxtapositions, and surprisees.
  • (countable, psychology) Psychoanalysis.
  • Antonyms

    * synthesis

    Hyponyms

    * *

    Derived terms

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    distinction

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
  • The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1921, title=
  • , author=(Bertrand Russell), chapter=Lecture II , passage=In spite of these qualifications, the broad distinction between instinct and habit is undeniable. To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, title=
  • , chapter=Evidence , passage=But, for practical purposes, it is possible to draw a distinction between a statement of facts observed and an expression of opinion as to the inference to be drawn from these facts, and the rule telling witnesses to state facts and not express opinions is of great value in keeping their statements out of the region of argument and conjecture.}}
  • Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup'' (in ''The Guardian , 15 October 2013)[http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/15/england-poland-world-cup-qualifier]
  • Leighton Baines, playing with distinction again, sent over a left-wing cross with pace and accuracy. Welbeck, prominently involved all night, could not reach it but Rooney was directly behind him, flashing his header past Szczesny.

    Derived terms

    * contradistinction * distinction without a difference

    Antonyms

    * (that which distinguishes) confusion