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characteristic

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noun char·ac·ter·is·tic \ˌker-ik-tə-ˈris-tik, ˌka-rik-\

Simple Definition of characteristic

  • : a special quality or trait that makes a person, thing, or group different from others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of characteristic

  1. 1 :  a distinguishing trait, quality, or property

  2. 2 :  the integral part of a common logarithm

  3. 3 :  the smallest positive integer n which for an operation in a ring or field yields 0 when any element is used n times with the operation

Examples of characteristic in a sentence

  1. <the ability to fashion tools and other characteristics that distinguish human beings from other animals>



1664

First Known Use of characteristic

1664


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characteristic

adjective char·ac·ter·is·tic

Simple Definition of characteristic

  • : typical of a person, thing, or group : showing the special qualities or traits of a person, thing, or group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of characteristic

  1. :  revealing, distinguishing, or typical of an individual character

characteristically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of characteristic in a sentence

  1. He responded to their comments with characteristic good humor.

  2. <the characteristic taste of licorice>



1665

First Known Use of characteristic

1665

Synonym Discussion of characteristic

characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity. characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class <responded with her characteristic wit>. individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class <a highly individual writing style>. peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness <an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British>. distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy <a distinctive aura of grace and elegance>.

CHARACTERISTIC Defined for Kids

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characteristic

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noun char·ac·ter·is·tic \ˌker-ək-tə-ˈri-stik\

Definition of characteristic for Students

  1. :  a special quality or appearance that makes an individual or a group different from others <physical characteristics> <Gentleness is a characteristic of this dog breed.>




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characteristic

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adjective char·ac·ter·is·tic

Definition of characteristic for Students

  1. :  serving to distinguish an individual or a group :  typical of a person, thing, or group <He replied with characteristic good humor.>

characteristically \ˌker-ək-tə-ˈris-ti-kə-lē\ adverb <She was characteristically cheerful.>




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