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characteristicnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkær.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪk/
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.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌker.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪk/
characteristically
adverb uk   /ˌkær.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌker.ək.təˈrɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/
She gave a characteristically skilful performance.
(Definition of characteristic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"characteristic" in American English

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characteristicadjective

 us   /ˌkær·ək·təˈrɪs·tɪk/
  • characteristic adjective (QUALITY)

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

characteristicnoun [C]

 us   /ˌkær·ɪk·təˈrɪs·tɪk/
  • 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.
(Definition of characteristic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “characteristic”
in Arabic سِمة, صِفة مَميّزة…
in Korean 특성…
in Portuguese característica…
in Catalan característica…
in Japanese 特徴, 特色…
in Chinese (Simplified) 特色,特点,特征…
in Turkish özellik, karakteristik, nitelik…
in Russian черта, особенность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 特色,特點,特徵…
in Italian caratteristica…
in Polish cecha (charakterystyczna)…
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“characteristic” in British English

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