What does distinction mean?

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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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In the rest of Italy, both clerics and laymen drafted documents, without any precise distinction of function or activity.
This present political relevance of the Dreamtime helps to blur the distinction between past and present.
The distinction between experiential education and service learning is unclear.
This distinction between wanting and valuing requires far fuller explication than it has received so far.
Growth response in distinction to the phototropic growth response, typically follows symmetrical illumination of the sporangiophore from above.
The distinction from tuberculous lymphadenitis is very important, since these diseases have differing treatments and prognoses.

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