Meaning of CHARACTERISTIC in English
/ ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪk; NAmE / adjective , noun
characteristic (of sth/sb) very typical of sth or of sb's character :
She spoke with characteristic enthusiasm.
► char·ac·ter·is·tic·al·ly adverb :
Characteristically, Helen paid for everyone.
~ (of sth/sb) a typical feature or quality that sth/sb has :
The need to communicate is a key characteristic of human society.
The two groups of children have quite different characteristics.
Personal characteristics, such as age and sex are taken into account.
mid 17th cent.: from French caractéristique or medieval Latin characteristicus , from Greek kharaktēristikos , from kharaktēr a stamping tool.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005