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Definition 1: a distinguishing quality - [noun denoting attribute]

(characteristic is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission

"her pleasant personality is already a recommendation" "his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) the quality of not being safe

(... is a kind of characteristic ) capability of being cured or healed

(... is a kind of characteristic ) incapability of being cured or healed

(... is a kind of characteristic ) trueness of course toward a goal

"rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal

(... is a kind of characteristic ) the characteristic of being strong enough to withstand intellectual challenge

"the lack of robustness in the findings may be due to the small size of the sample"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a rural characteristic or trait

"a place with the rurality of a turnip field"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) the quality of being safe

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a characteristic to be considered

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a redeeming quality or characteristic

"her love of music remains her one saving grace" "her sense of humor has to be a saving grace" "the saving grace for both developments is that they are creating jobs"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a distinctive characteristic or attribute

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a distinguishing or individuating characteristic

"he knows my bad points as well as my good points"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) an outstanding characteristic

"his acting was one of the high points of the movie"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination

(... is a kind of characteristic ) capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a distinctive characteristic

"he has a stubborn streak" "a streak of wildness"

(... is part of characteristic) the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

"it is the nature of fire to burn" "the true nature of jealousy"

Definition 2: any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for characteristic in the sense of this definition

(characteristic is a kind of ...) a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

"a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

(characteristic belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices

Definition 3: a prominent attribute or aspect of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where characteristic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the map showed roads and other features
  • generosity is one of his best characteristics

Synonyms for characteristic in the sense of this definition

(characteristic is a kind of ...) a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

"self-confidence is not an endearing property"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other

(... is a kind of characteristic ) an odd or unusual characteristic

(... is a kind of characteristic ) outward features

"he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels

"a center of manufacturing excellence" "the use of herbs is one of the excellencies of French cuisine"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure

"the contours of the melody" "it defines a major contour of this administration"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) the central or most important feature

"education was the centerpiece of the Democratic Party's political platform"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank)

"wearing a tie was regarded as a badge of respectability"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts

"flowers are an attractor for bees"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a distinct feature or element in a problem

"he studied every facet of the question"

(... is a kind of characteristic ) a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it

(... is a kind of characteristic ) feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user's safety

Definition 4: the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2 - [noun denoting communication]

(characteristic is a kind of ...) any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero

"an integer is a number that is not a fraction"

Definition 5: typical or distinctive - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where characteristic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • heard my friend's characteristic laugh
  • red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn
  • stripes characteristic of the zebra

(characteristic is similar to ...) characteristic or indicative of a disease

"a diagnostic sign of yellow fever" "a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever" "symptomatic of insanity" "a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown"

(characteristic is similar to ...) of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing

"Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor" "that is typical of you!"

(characteristic is similar to ...) characteristic of one only; distinctive or special

"the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."

(means also ...) exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

"a typical American girl" "a typical suburban community" "the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year" "a painting typical of the Impressionist school" "a typical romantic poem" "a typical case of arteritis"

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