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characteristic

adjective  /ˌkær·ək·təˈrɪs·tɪk/ us  

characteristic adjective (QUALITY)

typical of a person or thing: The creamy richness is characteristic of cheese from this region.

characteristic

noun [C]  /ˌkær·ɪk·təˈrɪs·tɪk/ us  

characteristic noun [C] (QUALITY)

a typical or noticeable feature of someone or something: Curly hair is one of my family characteristics. Her distinguishing characteristic is perseverance.
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