[ kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik ]
/ ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk /
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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.
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Origin of characteristic
synonym study for characteristic
2. See feature.
OTHER WORDS FROM characteristic
char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjectivenon·char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjective
qua·si-char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·char·ac·ter·is·tic, adjectiveun·char·ac·ter·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use characteristic in a sentence
A popular origin cannot therefore be the characteristical distinction of a popular representative.Thoughts on the Present Discontents|Edmund Burke
A rude, but characteristical wood-cut portrait of Bunyan is indented in the margin of this title-page.Chronicles of London Bridge|Richard Thompson
Amidst the melancholy clouds which hung over the dying Johnson, his characteristical manner shewed itself on different occasions.Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)|Boswell
But it is the art of Boswell to select 'the characteristical,' and the typical, to group and to dramatize.James Boswell|William Keith Leask
As Hailes remarks, the letter 'exhibits a characteristical portrait of fortitude and credulity.'Sir William Wallace|A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for characteristic
/ (ˌkærɪktəˈrɪstɪk) /
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
Derived forms of characteristiccharacteristically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for characteristic
[ kăr′ək-tə-rĭs′tĭk ]
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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