Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English


I. ˌker-ik-tə-ˈris-tik, ˌka-rik- noun

Date: 1664

1. : a distinguishing trait, quality, or property

2. : the integral part of a common logarithm

3. : the smallest positive integer n which for an operation in a ring or field yields 0 when any element is used n times with the operation

II. adjective

Date: 1665

: revealing, distinguishing, or typical of an individual character

• char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adverb


characteristic , individual , peculiar , distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity. characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class

responded with her characteristic wit

individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class

a highly individual writing style

peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness

an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British

distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy

a distinctive aura of grace and elegance

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.