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[dih-stingkt-lee] /dɪˈstɪŋkt li/
in a distinct manner; clearly:
Speak more distinctly.
without doubt; unmistakably.
Origin of distinctly
1350-1400; Middle English. See distinct, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the sound came nearer, and he distinctly heard "Robert!"

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • "Dr. Wilson, the surgeon, has been shot," came slowly and distinctly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • From my position it was impossible to see her distinctly, yet I dared not move.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • As criminals, anarchists were distinctly no class—no class at all.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I heard her speak, and say, as distinctly as I repeat the words, 'I will come for you!'

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
Word Origin and History for distinctly

late 14c., from distinct + -ly (2).

[D]istinctly, in the sense really quite, is the badge of the superior person indulgently recognizing unexpected merit in something that we are to understand is not quite worthy of his notice. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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