Definition of characteristic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærəktəˈrɪstɪk//
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 characteristic (of something/somebody) very typical of something or of somebody’s character She spoke with characteristic enthusiasm. opposite uncharacteristic Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French caractéristique or medieval Latin characteristicus, from Greek kharaktēristikos, from kharaktēr ‘a stamping tool’.Extra examples a problem that was fairly characteristic of late eighteenth century society his highly characteristic features They suffer from many of the environmental problems that are characteristic of inner-city areas. With characteristic modesty she insisted on sharing the credit with the whole team.
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