characteristic Definition

  • 1a typical feature or quality that something or someone has
  • 2a distinguishing trait, feature, or quality

Using characteristic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "characteristic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Patience is a characteristic of a good teacher.

  • Example

    One characteristic of this species is its bright red feathers.

  • Example

    The city's architecture has many characteristic features.

  • Example

    His sense of humor is one of his most endearing characteristics.

characteristic Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for characteristic

Antonyms for characteristic

Phrases with characteristic

  • typical or representative of something or someone


    The dry climate is characteristic of the region.

  • have the characteristics of

    to possess the typical traits or features of something or someone


    Her paintings have the characteristics of Impressionism.

  • a distinctive and recognizable way of creating art or music


    Mozart's characteristic style is evident in his piano sonatas.

Origins of characteristic

from Greek 'kharaktēristikos', meaning 'of or pertaining to a mark impressed on coins or seals'


Summary: characteristic in Brief

The term 'characteristic' [ˌkarəktəˈrɪstɪk] refers to a typical feature or quality of something or someone. It can be used as both an adjective and a noun, and is often associated with traits, features, and qualities. Examples include 'Patience is a characteristic of a good teacher,' and 'The city's architecture has many characteristic features.' Phrases like 'characteristic of' and 'have the characteristics of' are also common.

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