acquired character

  1. a noninheritable character that results from certain environmental influences.

Origin of acquired character

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby acquired character Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use acquired character in a sentence

  • And further, our much-vaunted two thousand years of culture is a thing of the mind, an acquired character.

  • Personal temperament, acquired character, or external conditions may make the feeling greater or less.

    Theoretical Ethics | Milton Valentine
  • Alcoholic degeneration is not a functionally-produced modification, but it is an acquired character, as is lead poisoning.

    Parenthood and Race Culture | Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • Education, mental, moral and physical, is limited by this inability to transmit acquired character to the persons educated.

  • It is not the transmission of an acquired character, but the descent of a family trait the origin of which we do not know.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh