WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
char•ac•ter•is•tic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/USA pronunciation
a quality (of someone or something) that is typical or special:She had the high forehead that is a characteristic of that family.
- showing the character of a person or thing;
typical:It was characteristic of her not to take all the credit.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
characteristic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/ n
- a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
- the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2
- another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
- indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical
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