Synonyms & Antonyms of discrete

not physically attached to another unit
  • several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center

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How is the word discrete different from other adjectives like it?

The words distinct and separate are common synonyms of discrete. While all three words mean "not being each and every one the same," discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection.

broke the job down into discrete stages

When can distinct be used instead of discrete?

The meanings of distinct and discrete largely overlap; however, distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others.

two distinct versions

When could separate be used to replace discrete?

The synonyms separate and discrete are sometimes interchangeable, but separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things.

separate rooms

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The first known use of discrete was in the 14th century

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“Discrete.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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