in a distinct manner; clearly: Speak more distinctly.
without doubt; unmistakably.

Nearby words

  1. distinction,
  2. distinctive,
  3. distinctive feature,
  4. distinctively,
  5. distinctiveness ratio,
  6. distingue,
  7. distinguish,
  8. distinguishable,
  9. distinguished,
  10. distinguished conduct medal

Origin of distinctly

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

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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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