- Typical of a particular person, place, or thing: he began with a characteristic attack on extremismMore example sentences
- Dishes in each region have their own set of characteristic flavours.
- She spoke all along with that characteristic exuberance on her face.
- He battled his illness with characteristic courage and fortitude and displayed a positive attitude to the end.
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- 1A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them: certain defining characteristics of the school emerge from the studyMore example sentences
- A national characteristic has been identified in numerous scientific trials.
- Every facial feature and physical characteristic was identical to Alastair's.
- At the same time, most of these characteristics belong to any good person.
- 2 Mathematics The whole number or integral part of a logarithm, which gives the order of magnitude of the original number.More example sentences
- His early work was on quadratic forms in fields, particularly fields of characteristic 2.
- His habilitation of 1938 studied Lie rings of prime characteristic.
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- Michelle arrives home slightly hung-over from the night before but still characteristically bright and chirpy.
- He was characteristically gracious in his acceptance of the knighthood and spoke sincerely about being humbled by the award.
- Juggling the demands of work and hockey is just another aspect which he deals with in a characteristically calm and rational manner.
mid 17th century: from French caractéristique or medieval Latin characteristicus, from Greek kharaktēristikos, from kharaktēr 'a stamping tool'.