I have read in http://www.dictionary.com/browse/as?s=t

'As' can be used to mean "thought to be or considered to be"

the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state.

I don't understand how as has been used to mean Thought to be or considered to be in above sentence. Could you please make it clear to me?

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    just do the substitution, then tell us what exactly you find puzzling. – mobileink Nov 28 '16 at 21:46
  • you can so think of this as elision: "the square, treated as or considered as, etc. dit – mobileink Nov 30 '16 at 23:03
  • hit wrong button again, sorry. *considered as" etc. distinct from ... – mobileink Nov 30 '16 at 23:05
  • if you're still puzzled, tell us what your native language is and we can offer better advice. – mobileink Nov 30 '16 at 23:07

It's an idiom. It usually means, roughly, "considering those qualities that are ... those of". So: "the square, considering those qualities that are distinct from those of the rectangle", and "the church, considering those qualities that are separate from those of the state".

(If my response satisfies, do please mark it as accepted)

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