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Another word for characteristic

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Adjective
  1. Serving to identify or set apart an individual or group

      1. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season.
      2. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.
      3. The year or place in which a wine is bottled.
      1. Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category:
      2. Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
      3. Conforming to a type:
      1. Not ordinary or usual; odd or strange:
      2. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique:
      3. A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own.
      1. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
      2. By or for one person:
      3. Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
      1. Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
      2. Distinguished or attractive:
      3. Phonemically relevant and capable of conveying a difference in meaning, as nasalization in the initial sound of mat versus bat.
    See also:

    same

Noun
  1. A distinctive element

      1. A distinguishing feature, as of a person's character.
      2. A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
      3. A short line or mark made with a writing or drawing implement.
      1. A specific taste or smell:
      2. The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell:
      3. A distinctive quality or characteristic:
      1. An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property:
      2. A personal trait, especially a character trait:
      3. Essential character; nature:
      1. Something owned; a possession.
      2. A piece of real estate:
      3. Something tangible or intangible to which its owner has legal title:
      1. The quality or state of being peculiar.
      2. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
      3. An eccentricity; an idiosyncrasy.
      1. A visible trace or impression, such as a line or spot:
      2. A name, logo, or other indicator used to indicate ownership, origin, or level of quality.
      3. A notch made in an animal's ear or hide to indicate ownership.
      1. Any of the distinct parts of the face, as the eyes, nose, or mouth.
      2. The overall appearance of the face or its parts.
      3. A prominent or distinctive part, quality, or characteristic:
      1. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group.
      2. The distinguishing nature of something.
      3. Moral strength; integrity:
      1. To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe:
      2. To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time:
      3. A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
    See also:

    be

Another word for characteristic

Modifier
Noun
      1. An object or entity that is not or cannot be named specifically:
      2. An individual object, especially an inanimate object:
      3. A creature:
      1. A constituent element, as of a system.
      2. A part of a mechanical or electrical complex.
      3. One of a set of two or more vectors having a sum equal to a given vector.
      1. A characteristic likelihood:
      2. A predisposition to think, act, or proceed in a particular way:
      3. A characteristic pattern or point of view:
      1. Altered from an originally straight or even condition:
      2. Determined to take a course of action:
      3. Corrupt; venal.
      1. The act of endowing.
      2. Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income.
      3. A natural gift, ability, or quality.
      1. The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group.
      2. The distinguishing nature of something.
      3. Moral strength; integrity:
      1. A particular state of mind or emotion:
      2. A pervading impression of an observer:
      3. An instance or spell of sulking or angry behavior:
      1. A special pursuit, occupation, aptitude, or skill:
      2. A branch of medicine or surgery, such as cardiology or neurosurgery, in which a physician specializes; the field or practice of a specialist.
      3. An item or product of a distinctive kind or of particular superiority:
      1. One's usual mood; temperament:
      2. A habitual inclination; a tendency:
      3. A physical property or tendency:
      1. An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
      2. A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else:
      1. A device or emblem worn as an insignia of rank, office, or membership in an organization.
      2. An emblem given as an award or honor.
      3. A characteristic mark or indicative trait:
      1. A name, symbol, or other device used to identify and promote a product or service, especially an officially registered name or symbol that is thereby protected against use by others.
      2. A distinctive characteristic by which a person or thing comes to be known:
      3. To label (a product) with proprietary identification.
      1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy:
      2. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary:
      3. A sudden sharp turn or twist:
      1. A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy.
      2. Exaggerated or affected style in an art:
      3. An artistic style of the late 1500s characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.
      1. An identifying feature or characteristic:
      2. An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
      3. An item or provision in a legislative bill that allots money for a project or institution in a specific locale, usually written or sponsored by a representative from that area.
      1. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means.
      2. A mischievous action; a prank:
      3. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act:
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. Of, relating to, or used in a diagnosis.
      2. Serving to identify a particular disease; characteristic.
      3. The art or practice of medical diagnosis.
      1. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
      2. A definitive or characteristic feature:
      1. The quality or state of being particular rather than general.
      2. Exactitude of detail, especially in description:
      3. Attention to or concern with detail; fastidiousness:
      1. A long narrow band distinguished, as by color or texture, from the surrounding material or surface.
      2. A textile pattern of parallel bands or lines on a contrasting background.
      3. A fabric having such a pattern.
      1. A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
      2. An inherent, often contrasting quality:
      3. A ray or flash of light:
      1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
      2. General character, aspect, or appearance:
      3. A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude:
      1. The diameter of the inside of a round cylinder, such as a tube.
      2. The diameter of the bore of a firearm, usually shown in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and expressed in writing or print in terms of a decimal fraction:
      3. The diameter of a large projectile, such as an artillery shell, measured in millimeters or in inches.
      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. A sharp or tapered end:
      2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
      3. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
      1. The intrinsic or indispensable quality or qualities that serve to characterize or identify something:
      2. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
      3. The most important part or aspect of something:
      1. A visible trace or impression, such as a line or spot:
      2. A name, logo, or other indicator used to indicate ownership, origin, or level of quality.
      3. A notch made in an animal's ear or hide to indicate ownership.
      1. Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness.
      2. An example or kind of moral excellence:
      3. Chastity, especially in a woman.
      1. The act of qualifying or the condition of being qualified:
      2. A quality, ability, or accomplishment that makes a person suitable for a particular position or task.
      3. A condition or circumstance that must be met or complied with:
      1. The quality or condition of being singular.
      2. A trait marking one as distinct from others; a peculiarity.
      3. Something uncommon or unusual.
      1. The quality of being original.
      2. The capacity to act or think independently.
      3. Something original.
      1. A structure that gives shape or support:
      2. The structure or physique of a human or animal body:
      3. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering:
      1. The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person:
      2. The distinguishing mental and physical characteristics of a human according to medieval physiology, resulting from dominance of one of the four humors.
      3. Excessive irritability or sensitiveness:
      1. The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person.
      2. The totality of behavioral traits that are peculiar to a specific nonhuman animal:
      3. The totality of qualities that distinguish a group, organization, or place:
      1. The material world and its phenomena:
      2. The forces and processes that produce and control these phenomena:
      3. The world of living things and the outdoors:
      1. The act of inclining or the state of being inclined; a bend or tilt:
      2. A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
      3. The angle between two lines or planes:
      1. The manner in which one carries or conducts oneself:
      2. A machine or structural part that supports another part.
      3. A device that supports, guides, and reduces the friction of motion between fixed and moving machine parts.
      1. A way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens:
      2. A way of acting; bearing or behavior:
      3. The socially correct way of acting; etiquette:
      1. The act of distinguishing; differentiation:
      2. The condition or fact of being dissimilar or distinct; difference:
      3. A distinguishing factor, attribute, or characteristic:
      1. To apply a trace of color to; tint.
      2. To affect slightly, as with a contrasting quality:
      3. A small amount of a color incorporated or added.
      1. A sound of distinct pitch, quality, and duration; a note.
      2. The interval of a major second in the diatonic scale; a whole step.
      3. A recitational melody in a Gregorian chant.
      1. A specific taste or smell:
      2. The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell:
      3. A distinctive quality or characteristic:
      1. Distinctive taste; savor:
      2. A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing:
      3. A flavoring:
      1. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind:
      2. A characteristic or feature of something:
      3. A particular look or facial expression; mien:
      1. The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed:
      2. The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
      3. Sort; type:
      1. The aggregate of qualities and characteristics that distinguish one person or thing from others; character:
      2. An individual or distinguishing feature.
      3. The quality or state of being individual; singularity:
      1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
      2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
      3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.
      1. The quality or state of being peculiar.
      2. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
      3. An eccentricity; an idiosyncrasy.
      1. An inherent power or ability:
      2. A talent or natural ability for something:
      3. The teachers and instructors of a school or college, or of one of its divisions, especially those considered permanent, full-time employees.
      1. Constituting or being part of the nature or essence of something; inherent:
      2. Fundamentally important or necessary:
      3. Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
      1. Something owned; a possession.
      2. A piece of real estate:
      3. Something tangible or intangible to which its owner has legal title:
      1. An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property:
      2. A personal trait, especially a character trait:
      3. Essential character; nature:
      1. To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe:
      2. To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time:
      3. A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
      1. Any of the distinct parts of the face, as the eyes, nose, or mouth.
      2. The overall appearance of the face or its parts.
      3. A prominent or distinctive part, quality, or characteristic:
      1. A distinguishing feature, as of a person's character.
      2. A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
      3. A short line or mark made with a writing or drawing implement.

Synonym Study

  • Individual and distinctive suggest the possession of a quality or qualities that distinguish something from others of its class or kind, distinctive often adding the implication of excellence an individual, or distinctive, literary style
  • Characteristic suggests the indication of a quality that is typical of or peculiar to, and that helps identify, something or someone her characteristic disdain for convention, the characteristic taste of honey