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  1. apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
  2. consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
  3. Mathematics.
    1. (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
    2. defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
    3. using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus: discrete methods.
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Origin of discrete

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet
Related formsdis·crete·ly, adverbdis·crete·ness, noun
Can be confuseddiscreet discrete


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Related Words

differently, independently, individually, separately, singly

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  • If science is discretely silent about these things, what can the more venturesome and less responsible imagination suggest?

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British Dictionary definitions for discretely


  1. separate or distinct in form or concept
  2. consisting of distinct or separate parts
  3. statistics
    1. (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
    2. (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variableCompare continuous (def. 4)
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Derived Formsdiscretely, adverbdiscreteness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet


Avoid confusion with discreet
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Word Origin and History for discretely



late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.

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discretely in Medicine


  1. Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.
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