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trait

Syllabification: trait
Pronunciation: /trāt
 
/

Definition of trait in English:

noun

1A distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person: he was a letter-of-the-law man, a common trait among coaches
More example sentences
  • Lying is one of the most human of traits that really distinguishes us from the rest of the animal world.
  • It must be common trait among women, being better at cooking once you're married.
  • In talking with the many men, she had come to distinguish similar traits in all of them.
Synonyms
1.1A genetically determined characteristic.
Example sentences
  • They have lived on, the recessive traits in our genetic coding, and they have emerged in us.
  • This suggests that these traits are genetically controlled depending on the growth stages of leaves.
  • Most of her seeds are chosen because of the parents' hardy traits, so the genetic base of the garden is superb.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, from Latin tractus 'drawing, pulling' (see tract1). An early sense was 'stroke of the pen or pencil in a picture', giving rise to the sense 'a particular feature of mind or character' (mid 18th century).

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