Distinction vs. Ability

Distinction vs. Ability — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Distinction and Ability

Distinctionnoun

That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

Abilitynoun

(obsolete) Suitableness.

Distinctionnoun

The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.

There is a distinction to be made between resting and slacking.

Abilitynoun

(uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do or of doing something; having the necessary power.

This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly.This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time.

Distinctionnoun

Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.

She had the distinction of meeting the Queen.

Abilitynoun

The legal wherewithal to act.

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Distinctionnoun

a discrimination between things as different and distinct;

it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation

Abilitynoun

Physical power.

Distinctionnoun

high status importance owing to marked superiority;

a scholar of great eminence

Abilitynoun

(archaic) Financial ability.

Distinctionnoun

a distinguishing quality;

it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town

Abilitynoun

(uncountable) A unique power of the mind; a faculty.

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Distinctionnoun

a distinguishing difference;

he learned the distinction between gold and lead

Abilitynoun

(countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude.

They are persons of ability, who will go far in life.She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict.

Abilitynoun

the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

Abilitynoun

possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done;

danger heightened his powers of discrimination