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1. Constituting a separate thing: Computers treat time as a series of discrete moments rather than a continuous flow. See Synonyms at distinct.
2. Consisting of unconnected distinct parts: society viewed as a discrete whole of individual agents.
3. Mathematics Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin discrētus, past participle of discernere, to separate; see discern.]

dis·crete′ly adv.
dis·crete′ness n.
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Noun1.discreteness - the state of being several and distinct
separation - the state of lacking unity
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The former is collective but, as a social space, too rigidly conformist; it is "the one (or the few) who speaks to the many." The latter is individualized, but lacks social cohesion; in the museum, "the many communicate with the many." As such, it corresponds to the fundamental values of modern Western society: "the individual, the object, the market, progress, pluralism." The problem today, she argues, is that this ideology of atomization and discreteness (the autonomy of works of art, taxonomies of display, the privileging of the visual, etc.) is not conducive to long-term social connections.
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