Distinct vs Significant - What's the difference?

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Distinct is a related term of significant.

As adjectives the difference between distinct and significant

is that distinct is capable of being perceived very clearly while significant is signifying something; carrying meaning.

As a noun significant is

that which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol.

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(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 adjective)
  • Signifying something; carrying meaning.
  • a significant''' word or sound; a '''significant look
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant , but not efficient.
  • Having a covert or hidden meaning.
  • Having a noticeable or major effect; notable.
  • That was a significant step in the right direction.
    The First World War was a significant event.
  • Reasonably large in number or amount.
  • (statistics) Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).
  • Synonyms

    * important


    * insignificant * ignorable * negligible * slight


    (en noun)
  • That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol.
  • (Wordsworth)
  • * Shakespeare
  • In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts.
    (Webster 1913) ----