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[kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik] /ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk/

Also, characteristical. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive:
Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
a distinguishing feature or quality:
Generosity is his chief characteristic.

a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait

indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical

adjective and noun both first attested 1660s, from character + -istic on model of Greek kharakteristikos. Earlier in the adjectival sense was characteristical (1620s). Related: Characteristically (1640s). Characteristics “distinctive traits” also attested from 1660s.

characteristic char·ac·ter·is·tic (kār’ək-tə-rĭs’tĭk)
See character.
char’ac·ter·is’tic adj.
The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.


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