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English adjective: characteristic

1. characteristic typical or distinctive


SamplesHeard my friend's characteristic laugh.
Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
Stripes characteristic of the zebra.


Similardiagnostic, distinctive, peculiar, symptomatic, typical


See alsotypical


Antonymsuncharacteristic


English noun: characteristic

1. characteristic (cognition) a prominent attribute or aspect of something


SamplesThe map showed roads and other features.
Generosity is one of his best characteristics.


Synonymsfeature


Broader (hypernym)attribute, dimension, property


Narrower (hyponym)aspect, attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, badge, centerpiece, centrepiece, contour, distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic, excellence, excellency, external, facet, invariant, magnet, peculiarity, safety feature, sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic

2. characteristic (attribute) a distinguishing quality


Broader (hypernym)quality


Narrower (hyponym)aspect, compatibility, curability, curableness, dangerousness, directness, earmark, hallmark, incompatibility, incurability, incurableness, indirectness, passport, point, point, recommendation, robustness, ruralism, rurality, safeness, saving grace, spot, straightness, streak, stylemark, trademark


Part meronymnature

3. characteristic (communication) the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2


Broader (hypernym)integer, whole number

4. characteristic (attribute) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions


Synonymsdevice characteristic


Broader (hypernym)property


Domain categoryelectronics









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