Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kærɪktərɪstɪk ]

( characteristics)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The characteristics of a person or thing are the qualities or features that belong to them and make them recognizable.

Genes determine the characteristics of every living thing.

...their physical characteristics.

= feature, trait

N-COUNT : usu pl , usu with supp


A quality or feature that is characteristic of someone or something is one which is often seen in them and seems typical of them.

Windmills are a characteristic feature of the Mallorcan landscape...

Nehru responded with characteristic generosity.

= typical

≠ uncharacteristic

ADJ : oft ADJ of n

• char‧ac‧ter‧is‧ti‧cal‧ly

He replied in characteristically robust style...

ADV : usu ADV adj , also ADV with v , ADV with cl

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