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characteristic

noun [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.

characteristic

adjective 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   /-tɪ.kəl.i/ us  
She gave a characteristically skilful performance.
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