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characteristic

char·ac·ter·is·tic

characteristic

 
 
pronunciation:
kae rk t rI stihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: indicating the typical or distinguishing attributes and qualities of a person, group, action, or thing.
This pattern of color is characteristic of this type of bird.Crying is characteristic behavior of infants.
synonyms:
distinguishing, idiosyncratic
antonyms:
uncharacteristic
similar words:
accustomed, indicative, peculiar, representative, typical
definition 2: marked by uniqueness or distinctiveness.
His characteristic way of walking makes him easy to recognize.
synonyms:
distinct, peculiar, special, unique
antonyms:
nondescript, ordinary, typical
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a salient feature; distinctive trait.
Tails that can grasp things are a characteristic of monkeys.
 
synonyms:
attribute, earmark, feature, idiosyncrasy, point, property, quality, trait
similar words:
aspect, badge, disposition, element, part, particular, propensity, tendency, trademark
derivation: characteristically (adv.)
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