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characteristic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of characteristic

  1. 1 serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group the characteristic taste of licorice Synonyms of characteristic classic, diagnostic (also diagnostical), discriminating, distinct, distinctive, distinguishing, identifying, individual, peculiar, proper, symptomatic, typical Words Related to characteristic idiosyncratic; identifiable, pronounced, unmistakable; general, generic; common, normal, regular, usual; especial, particular, special, specific; archetypal (also archetypical), model, paradigmatic Antonyms of characteristic atypical, nontypical, uncharacteristic, untypical

  2. 2 having or showing the qualities associated with the members of a particular group or kind the characteristic wit and good-naturedness of the Irish Synonyms of characteristic archetypal (also archetypical), average, typical, normal, regular, representative, standard, trueWords Related to characteristic common, commonplace, conventional, customary, everyday, ordinary, usual, wonted, workaday; classic, textbook, vintage; expected, familiar, habitual, predictable, routine, unexceptional, unremarkable; predominant, preponderantNear Antonyms of characteristic uncommon, unconventional, uncustomary, unusual, unwonted; distinctive, especial, exceptional, extraordinary, infrequent, noteworthy, rare, remarkable, singular, special, unexpected, unfamiliar, unique, unpredictable; eccentric, idiosyncratic, nonconformist, peculiar, unknown, unorthodox; curious, erratic, funky, funny, odd, oddball, offbeat, outlandish, quirky, screwy, strange, wacky (also whacky), way-out; bizarre, fantastic (also fantastical), far-out, freak, freakish, kooky (also kookie), out-of-the-way, outrageous, outré, rare, singular, unnatural, weird, wildAntonyms of characteristic aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, deviant, irregular, nonrepresentative, nontypical, untypical

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

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of characteristic

  1. something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind the ability to fashion tools and other characteristics that distinguish human beings from other animals Synonyms of characteristic affection, attribute, attribution, character, criterion, diagnostic, differentia, feature, fingerprint, hallmark, mark, marker, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, property, quality, specific, stamp, touch, trait Words Related to characteristic badge, indication, sign; emblem, symbol, token; charm, grace; excellence, merit, virtue; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, quirk; individuality, singularity, uniqueness



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