characteristic ( characteristics plural )
1 n-count The characteristics of a person or thing are the qualities or features that belong to them and make them recognizable.
usu pl, usu with supp
Genes determine the characteristics of every living thing., ...their physical characteristics.
2 adj A quality or feature that is characteristicof someone or something is one which is often seen in them and seems typical of them.
oft ADJ of n
(=typical) (Antonym: uncharacteristic)
Windmills are a characteristic feature of the Mallorcan landscape..., Nehru responded with characteristic generosity.
characteristically adv usu ADV adj, also ADV with v, ADV with cl
He replied in characteristically robust style...
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