1) that something is clearly and noticeably different or separate from other things
Three distinct languages are spoken in this region.
Please make sure to keep your opinions distinct from the facts when writing the article.
We're dealing with two distinct problems here.
2) that something is strong and obvious:
There is a distinct possibility that the flight will be canceled.
These cookies have a distinct cinnamon flavor.
When I met her, I got the distinct impression that she didn't like me.
The word distinctive means that something has qualities that make it noticeably different and easy to be identified or recognized. While distinct is neutral, distinctive often has a positive connotation of being good or special:
The male cardinal can be identified by its distinctive red feathers.
His thoughtful and poetic lyrics are a distinctive characteristic of his music.
One distinctive feature of this software is that it can automatically translate text from 50 languages.
The silhouette of Christ the Redeemer perched on top of Corcovado mountain (the Portuguese word for hunchback) is such an iconic symbol of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, that taking the train up to the top is perfect bucketlist fodder. Especially since the great momument emerged, in 2010, from all the scaffolding that had kept it from sight while it was being spruced up. At 40 metres, it is considered to be the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world.