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Distinctio (dis-tinc’-ti-o): Eliminating ambiguity surrounding a word by explicitly specifying each of its distinct meanings.

This “bar” is not a bar of soap, candy, or silver.  This bar isn’t named Joe’s Place.  It isn’t a tool to pry things loose.  It isn’t made of sand. This bar is where we bring our disputes and settle them in accord with principles of justice!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).