Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun characteristic

4 senses of characteristic

Sense 1
feature, characteristic -- (a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics")
       => property, attribute, dimension -- (a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property")

Sense 2
characteristic -- (a distinguishing quality)
       => quality -- (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare)

Sense 3
characteristic -- (the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2)
       => integer, whole number -- (any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction")

Sense 4
characteristic, device characteristic -- (any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions)
       => property -- (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles")

Antonyms of adj characteristic

1 sense of characteristic

Sense 1
characteristic (vs. uncharacteristic) -- (typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra")

uncharacteristic (vs. characteristic) -- (distinctive and not typical; "a book uncharacteristic of its author")

Similarity of adj characteristic

1 sense of characteristic

Sense 1
characteristic (vs. uncharacteristic) -- (typical or distinctive; "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"; "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"; "stripes characteristic of the zebra")
       => diagnostic, symptomatic -- (characteristic or indicative of a disease; "a diagnostic sign of yellow fever"; "a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever"; "symptomatic of insanity"; "a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown")
       => distinctive, typical -- (of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; "Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis Wilkie; "that is typical of you!")
       => peculiar (prenominal) -- (characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; "the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S."- R.B.Taney)
          Also See-> typical#1

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