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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 distinction from tuberculous lymphadenitis is very important, since these diseases have differing treatments and prognoses.
Some were town musicians, others organists, Kantors, or Kapellmeister, and not a few were composers of at least local distinction.
As one ages, the distinction between the two is obliterated by extra skin, fat, and droopiness in the jowl area.
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.
According to Herodotus, the Egyptians once considered themselves the oldest people in the world, but later conceded this distinction to the Phrygians.

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