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characteristic

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Etymology

From character.

Pronunciation

char`ac*ter*is"tic

Adjective

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characteristic

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  1. being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing

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Noun

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characteristic

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characteristic ({{{1}}})
  1. a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
  2. (mathematics) the integer part of a logarithm
  3. (nautical) the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)

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