- Also char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn.
- a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic.
- the integral part of a common logarithm.Compare mantissa.
- the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.
- the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.
Origin of characteristic
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1. special, peculiar. 2. attribute, property, trait. See feature.
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Suddenly he did a simple thing, but so uncharacteristic that it moved her.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
And this was most uncharacteristic of Goil, particularly in a situation like this one.Jack of No Trades
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But it was not the cry of victory; there was an uncharacteristic lack of finality in the clergyman's tone.Peccavi
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- not typical or usual
- a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait
- the integral part of a common logarithm, indicating the order of magnitude of the associated numberthe characteristic of 2.4771 is 2 Compare mantissa
- another name for exponent, used esp in number representation in computing
- indicative of a distinctive quality, etc; typical
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Word Origin and History for uncharacteristic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A distinguishing feature or attribute; character.
- A structure or function determined by a gene or genes; trait.
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- The part of a logarithm to the base 10 that is to the left of the decimal point. For example, if 2.749 is a logarithm, 2 is the characteristic. Compare mantissa.
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