noun, plural: characteristics

(1) A distinguishing quality, trait or feature of an individual, thing, disorder, etc.

(2) A distinctive mark, feature, attribute, or property of an individual or thing.


Being a feature or trait that helps identify an individual, thing, etc.


For instance, a living thing is considered alive when it shows the following general characteristics:

Word origin: Greek charaktēristikós (to designate, characterize)
Related forms: characteristically (adverb)

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