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characteristicnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkær.ɪk.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker-/
B2 a typical or noticeable quality of someone or something: Unfortunately a big nose is a family characteristic. Sentimentality seems a characteristic of all the writers of that period. The male bird displays (= has) several characteristics which distinguish him from the female.
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characteristicadjective

uk   /ˌkær.ɪk.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker-/
C2 typical of a person or thing: With the hospitality so characteristic of these people, they opened their house to over 50 guests. She behaved with characteristic dignity. The creamy richness is characteristic of the cheese from this region.
characteristically
adverb uk   us   /-tɪ.kəl.i/
She gave a characteristically skilful performance.
Translations of “characteristic”
in Korean 특성…
in Arabic سِمة, صِفة مَميّزة…
in Portuguese característica…
in Catalan característica…
in Japanese 特徴, 特色…
in Italian caratteristica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 特色,特點,特徵…
in Russian черта, особенность…
in Turkish özellik, karakteristik, nitelik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 特色,特点,特征…
in Polish cecha (charakterystyczna)…
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