- 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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Examples from the Web for characteristically
There were the bevvy of performances promoting Beyoncé, too, which were characteristically spectacular.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
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As he walked briskly into the Situation Room last Wednesday, he characteristically wasted little time on small talk.Obama’s Defining Fight: How He Will Take On the NSA’s Surveillance State in 2014
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President Obama has been characteristically eloquent in his reasoning.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment
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Bernanke had words for these folks, too, though they were characteristically indirect.Stock Market Soars on Fed’s Bond-Buying Announcement
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Berg, characteristically, refrains from offering anything resembling a definitive conclusion.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered
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Characteristically, he forgot utterly the night of the full moon!The Leopard Woman
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"My name is Wade," answered the banker, characteristically for himself.Roden's Corner
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Then, characteristically, he dismissed the vain longing and bent to the business in hand.Slaves of Mercury
His love of reputation is characteristically Greek, and contrasts with the humility of Socrates.Charmides
His great motive of action is political ambition; in this he is characteristically Greek.Gorgias
- 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 characteristically
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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