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  1. That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
  2. The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
  3. Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
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The digraph th is represented in Old English texts by and, no consistent distinction being made between them.
Some were town musicians, others organists, Kantors, or Kapellmeister, and not a few were composers of at least local distinction.
There's no mention of important ethical notions such as the distinction between hypothetical and categorical imperatives, or the criterion of universalisability.
Growth response in distinction to the phototropic growth response, typically follows symmetrical illumination of the sporangiophore from above.
As one ages, the distinction between the two is obliterated by extra skin, fat, and droopiness in the jowl area.
This distinction between wanting and valuing requires far fuller explication than it has received so far.

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