WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
char•ac•ter•is•tic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. showing the character of a person or thing;
    typical:It was characteristic of her not to take all the credit.

n. [countable]
  • a quality (of someone or something) that is typical or special:She had the high forehead that is a characteristic of that family.
  • char•ac•ter•is•ti•cal•ly,adv. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    characteristic /ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk/ n
    1. a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
    2. the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated number: the characteristic of 2.4771 is 2
    3. another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
    1. indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical

    ˌcharacterˈistically adv

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