1. a distinguishing trait, quality, or property
2. the integral part of a common logarithm
3. the smallest positive integer n which for an operation in a ring or field yields 0 when any element is used n times with the operation
revealing, distinguishing, or typical of an individual character
• characteristically adverb
characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity.
characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class <responded with her characteristic wit>. individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class <a highly individual writing style>. peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness <an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British>. distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy <a distinctive aura of grace and elegance>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.
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