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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik]
    • /ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk/
    • /ˌkær.ɪk.təˈrɪs.tɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kar-ik-tuh-ris-tik]
    • /ˌkær ɪk təˈrɪs tɪk/

Definitions of characteristics word

  • adjective characteristics Also, characteristical. pertaining to, constituting, or indicating the character or peculiar quality of a person or thing; typical; distinctive: Red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn. 1
  • noun characteristics a distinguishing feature or quality: Generosity is his chief characteristic. 1
  • noun characteristics Mathematics. the integral part of a common logarithm. Compare mantissa. the exponent of 10 in a number expressed in scientific notation. the smallest positive integer n such that each element of a given ring added to itself n times results in 0. 1
  • noun characteristics A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify it. 1
  • noun characteristics plural of characteristic. 0

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Origin of characteristics

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
From the Greek word charaktēristikós, dating back to 1655-65. See character, -istic

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Parts of speech for Characteristics


characteristics popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for characteristics

noun characteristics

  • physiognomy — the face or countenance, especially when considered as an index to the character: a fierce physiognomy.
  • features — a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic: Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.
  • face — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • appearance — When someone makes an appearance at a public event or in a broadcast, they take part in it.

Antonyms for characteristics

adjective characteristics

  • commons — people not of noble birth viewed as forming a political order
  • standards — something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model.

noun characteristics

  • abnormalities — an abnormal condition, state, or quality; irregularity; deviation.

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