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Clearness vs Distinction - What's the difference?

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Clearness is a related term of distinction.

As nouns the difference between clearness and distinction

is that clearness is (obsolete) brightness, brilliancy while distinction is that which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.



  • (obsolete) Brightness, brilliancy.
  • *:
  • *:Thenne sayd he Fair swete fader Ihesu Cryst yf euer I dyd thyng that pleasyd the lord / for thy pyte ne haue me not in despyte for my synnes done afore tyme / and that thou shewe me some thynge of that I seke / And with that he sawe the chamber dore open and there came oute a grete clerenes / that the hows was as bryghte as all torches of the world had ben there
  • Mental or sensory distinctness; clarity of understanding, perception etc.
  • *1966 , "The Lowest Depths", Time , 6 September:
  • *:The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness .
  • The state of being free from obscurities or opacity; distinctness of light, colour etc.
  • :The clearness of the water meant I could still see the key lying on the river-bed.
  • The state of being free from obstruction or interference.
  • :The clearness of the path made for an easy hike.
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    (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


    * (that which distinguishes) confusion