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  1. in a distinct manner; clearly: Speak more distinctly.
  2. without doubt; unmistakably.
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Origin of distinctly

1350–1400; Middle English. See distinct, -ly


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1. See clearly.
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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.


    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]
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