Distinct vs Fact - What's the difference?

distinct | fact |

As an adjective distinct

is capable of being perceived very clearly.

As an initialism fact is

federation against copyright theft.




(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.


    * prominent * separate * several (in dated sense)


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




    (en noun)
  • (archaic) Action; the realm of action.
  • *
  • A wrongful or criminal deed.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.ix:
  • She was empassiond at that piteous act, / With zelous enuy of Greekes cruell fact , / Against that nation [...].
  • (obsolete) Feat.
  • *
  • An honest observation.
  • Something actual as opposed to invented.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother
  • Something which has become real.
  • Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.
  • An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of people.
  • Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.
  • Antonyms

    * (Something actual) fiction

    Derived terms

    * factual * factoid * accessory after the fact * accessory before the fact * after the fact * as a matter of fact * attorney-in-fact * contrary to fact * fact-finding * fact-finder * fact of life * fact or fiction * fact sheet * finding of fact * in fact * in point of fact * * question of fact

    See also

    * value * opinion * belief


    (en interjection)
  • Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.
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