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Definition of characteristic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

characteristic

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪk//
 
characteristic (of something/somebody)
 
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 a typical feature or quality that something or someone has The need to communicate is a key characteristic of human society. The two groups of children have quite different characteristics. Personal characteristics such as age and sex are taken into account. genetic characteristics
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