Definitions of characteristic

  1. typical or distinctive; " heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; " red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; " stripes characteristic of the zebra"
  2. a distinguishing quality
  3. ( electronics) any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  4. a prominent aspect of something; " the map showed roads and other features"; " generosity is one of his best characteristics"
  5. the integer part ( positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2. 808 the characteristic is 2
  6. any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
  7. Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.
  8. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.
  9. The integral part ( whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
  10. Typical; pertaining to, or displaying, the moral nature of.
  11. A distinguishing mark or quality.
  12. Characteristically.
  13. Charactoristically.
  14. Constituting character.
  15. That which marks the character.
  16. That characterizes; distinguishing; specific.
  17. A distinctive feature; peculiarity.
  18. Constituting or exhibiting peculiar qualities.
  19. That which constitutes the character; that which distinguishes one person or thing from another. The characteristic of a logarithm. Its index or exponent.
  20. That which distinguishes a person or thing from another.
  21. Applied to the principal letter of a word, retained in all its derivatives and compounds, or nearly all.

Usage examples for characteristic

  1. His answer to the accusation was characteristic and conclusive. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  2. To this characteristic of the old times may be added another. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  3. It was characteristic of him to attempt no explanation. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  4. It is characteristic of our complaint. – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  5. It is a characteristic of nations, as well as of individuals, that those who have no affairs of their own immediately on hand, are apt to concern themselves with the affairs of their neighbours. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  6. The scene is characteristic. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  7. The words reflected a consideration that had never been a characteristic of Leopold. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  8. The answer was a question, and was characteristic. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. The essential characteristic of religion must be the demand for a new world. – Rudolph Eucken by Abel J. Jones
  10. A leading characteristic of this type is, as we have stated already, the full, round back- head. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  11. It was characteristic of him. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  12. The surprising way he found her, too, was characteristic. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  13. The short letter was characteristic and was, after all, what the girl had expected, neither more nor less. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford