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characteristic

noun [C]     /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.Conditions and characteristics
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