WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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]
  1. 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. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
char•ac•ter•is•tic  (kar′ik tə ristik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Also,  char′ac•ter•isti•cal. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing;
    distinctive:Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.

  1. a distinguishing feature or quality:Generosity is his chief characteristic.
  2. Mathematics
    • the integral part of a common logarithm. Cf. mantissa.
    • the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
    • the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
char′ac•ter•isti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek charaktēristikós. See character, -istic
  • 1655–65
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged special, peculiar.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attribute, property, trait. See  feature. 

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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