## Characteristic - k ae r ih k t ax r ih s t ih t k

a distinguishing trait

It was characteristic of him to open the door for her.

### Definition adjective

pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive

### noun

a distinguishing feature or quality

Mathematics.

1. the integral part of a common logarithm.Compare mantissa.

2. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation.

3. the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0.

Synonyms for characteristic on Thesaurus.com

distinctive, idiosyncratic, innate, peculiar, singular, unique, essential, exclusive, indicative, individual, local, native, normal, original, particular, personal, private, regular, representative, special, specific, appropriate, diagnostic, differentiating, discriminating, discriminative, distinguishing, emblematic, especial, fixed, inborn, inbred, individualistic, individualizing, ingrained, inherent, marked, proper, symbolic, symptomatic

Dictionary Entries near characteristic

First known use

First recorded in 1655–65; from Greek charaktēristikós