Definition of distinction without a difference in US English:

distinction without a difference

phrase

  • An artificially created distinction where no real difference exists.

    • ‘His not having ‘named’ them is a distinction without a difference, apparently the only kind he knows how to make.’
    • ‘The practical upshot is much the same, of course, so you could argue that it's a distinction without a difference.’
    • ‘The distinction between voluntary and compulsory is a distinction without a difference.’
    • ‘The first point strikes me as a distinction without a difference.’
    • ‘So whether he uses his weapons against us or someone else does is a distinction without a difference.’