1. capable of being perceived as different or distinct
; - Example: "only the shine of their metal was distinguishable in the gloom"- Example: "a project distinguishable into four stages of progress"- Example: "distinguishable differences between the twins"
2. (often followed by `from') not alike
; different in nature or quality
; - Example: "plants of several distinct types"- Example: "the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses"- Example: "gold is distinct from iron"- Example: "a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech"- Example: "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"[syn: distinct, distinguishable]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Distinguishable \Dis*tin"guish*a*ble\, a.
1. Capable of being distinguished; separable; divisible;
discernible; capable of recognition; as, a tree at a
distance is distinguishable from a shrub.
A simple idea being in itself uncompounded . . . is
not distinguishable into different ideas. --Locke.
2. Worthy of note or special regard. --Swift.