When you are marked for distinction, it means you are someone who is going to do well in life. You will set yourself apart from others. Distinction means being set apart, often by excellence.

When things are distinct from one another, they are different. It is the distinctions that make them this way. In your school, an outside observer might at first be unable to see the distinctions among the kids, but with a little time they'll be able to see how kids are identified and associated with their peculiar qualities.

Definitions of distinction

n a discrimination between things as different and distinct

“it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation”
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a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast
contrast, demarcation, dividing line, line
a conceptual separation or distinction
hairsplitting, word-splitting
making too fine distinctions of little importance
Rubicon, point of no return
a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
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discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

n a distinguishing quality

“it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town”
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an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n a distinguishing difference

“he learned the distinction between gold and lead”
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the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

n high status importance owing to marked superiority

eminence, note, preeminence
preeminence in a particular category or group or field
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high status
a position of superior status

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