distinction has definitions from the field of psychology
[ noun ] (psychology) a discrimination between things as different and distinct




"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

As a result , although we still make use of this distinction , there is much confusion as_to the meaning of the basic terms employed .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Recent research on Irenaeus , however , makes it evident that he does not consistently maintain this distinction .

There is no justification for systematizing the random statements of Irenaeus about the image of God beyond this , nor for reading into his imprecise usage the later theological distinction between the image of God ( humanity ) and the similitude of God ( immortality ) .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

In the second place , a large_number of writers , making a more direct claim than Frost to being `` folk_writers '' of one sort or another , clearly make no distinctions between genuine and bogus material .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

Dives , carefully repaired huts , and nicely painted and ornamented cottages were jumbled together cheek_by_jowl with little distinction .

[ noun ] high status importance owing to marked superiority


"a scholar of great eminence"

Used in print

(The New York Times,...)

He was heralded as `` Sportsman of the Year '' by Sports_Illustrated , and last night was acclaimed in Rochester as the `` Professional_Athlete_of_the_Year '' , a distinction that earned for him the $ 10000 diamond - studded Hickok_Belt .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

His bel_canto style gave the performance a special distinction .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

But the most impressive testimony to Schnabel 's distinction as a teacher is reflected by the individuality which marks each student 's approach as distinctly his own .

All_of this would be wasted , of_course , if the performance lacked authority and musical distinction .

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

As for this rider , I never saw him before or afterwards and never saw him dismounted , so whether he stood tall or short in his shoes , I can n't say ; but I do know that he gave the day tone and distinction .

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high_status king

[ noun ] a distinguishing quality


"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

The Orioles tonight retained the distinction of being the only winless team among the eighteen Major-League_clubs as they dropped their sixth straight spring exhibition decision , this one to the Kansas_City Athletics by a score of 5 to 3 .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

And the action is consistently presented with regard for this distinction .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

She was forty-nine at this time , a lanky woman of breeding with an austere , narrow face which had the distinction of a steeple or some architecture that had been designed long_ago for a stubborn sort of prayer .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

Far from it ; I merely draw an etymological distinction , hoping that specialists and busy people like you will welcome such precision in a layman .

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[ noun ] a distinguishing difference


: "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"

Used in print

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

The objective of this chapter is to clarify the distinctions between spontaneity theory and other training concepts .

(Ralph B. Long. The Sentence and Its Parts: A...)

But the use of stress in comparison and contrast , for_example , can undermine distinctions such_as these .

(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)

I was at_least conscious of the distinction in my full Yokuts presentation that awaits publication , in which , in listing ' Two_Stem_Meanings ' , I set_off by asterisks those forms in which n of stem B was * * f of stem A_3 , the unasterisked ones standing_for * * f ; or under ' Four_Stems ' , I set_off by asterisks cases where the combined n of stems * * f was * * f .

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difference difference