If $x$ and $y$ are distinct, then that means they can be distinguished, or identified as being different from each other.
Also known as
Distinct means the same thing as different.
If $x$ and $y$ are distinct then:
- a distinction can be made between $x$ and $y$
- $x$ is distinct from $y$; $y$ is distinct from $x$; $x$ and $y$ are distinct from each other.