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Something regarded as being possessed by, or at the disposal of, a person or group of persons
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  1. Something regarded as being possessed by, or at the disposal of, a person or group of persons
  2. A thing or things owned; possessions collectively; esp., land or real estate owned
  3. Any trait or attribute proper to a thing or, formerly, to a person; characteristic quality; peculiarity; specif., any of the principal characteristics of a substance, esp. as determined by the senses or by its effect on another substance
Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
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  1. Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
  2. Making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic
  3. Distinguished or attractive:
Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
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  1. Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
  2. Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category:
  3. Of or belonging to a type or representative example; characteristic
Representing or serving to represent
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  1. Representing or serving to represent
  2. Acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others; esp., serving as a delegate in a legislative assembly
  3. Being an example or type of a certain class or kind of thing; typical
Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
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  1. Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
  2. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique:
  3. Particular; unique; special
Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
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  1. Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
  2. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
  3. Distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character
Of or serving as an emblem; symbolic
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  1. Of or serving as an emblem; symbolic
  2. Of, relating to, or serving as an emblem; symbolic.
  3. Serving as, or relating to a symbol, emblem or illustration of a type
Normal or usual; in the ordinary course of events
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  1. Normal or usual; in the ordinary course of events
  2. Related genetically:
  3. Present in or produced by nature:
Occurring naturally and not because of disease, inoculation, or any experimental treatment. Used of immunity.
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  1. Occurring naturally and not because of disease, inoculation, or any experimental treatment. Used of immunity.
  2. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical:
  3. Conforming with or constituting an accepted standard, model, or pattern; esp., corresponding to the median or average of a large group in type, appearance, achievement, function, development, etc.; natural; usual; standard; regular
Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent:
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  1. Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent:
  2. Existing naturally rather than acquired; that seems to have been in one from birth
  3. Existing naturally or by heredity rather than being learned through experience:
Not subject to change or variation; unchanging:
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  1. Not subject to change or variation; unchanging:
  2. Supplied, especially with funds. Often used in combination:
  3. Not changing, not able to be changed, staying the same.
Fundamentally important or necessary:
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  1. Fundamentally important or necessary:
  2. Absolute; complete; perfect
  3. (Biochemistry) Being a substance that is required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be included in the diet:
Noticeable; obvious; appreciable; distinct; conspicuous
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  1. Noticeable; obvious; appreciable; distinct; conspicuous
  2. (Linguistics) Of a word, form, or phoneme: distinguished by a positive feature.
  3. Explicitly characterized by or having a particular linguistic feature. For example, girls is marked for plural in English, whereas sheep is not.
Marked by or showing prejudice:
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  1. Marked by or showing prejudice:
  2. Which has the ability to discriminate between things; or which imparts such ability
  3. (Of an element, feature, attribute, etc.) which serves to distinguish its bearer
Serving as a particular instance of a broader pattern or situation; representative:
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  1. Serving as a particular instance of a broader pattern or situation; representative:
  2. Using symbolism:
  3. Of, relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol:
Marked by or showing prejudice; discriminatory.
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  1. Marked by or showing prejudice; discriminatory.
  2. Serving to distinguish; distinctive:
  3. Able to perceive fine distinctions between similar things; perceptive
Limited, distinctive, or unique:
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  1. Limited, distinctive, or unique:
  2. Intended for, applying to, or acting on a particular thing:
  3. Of a special, or particular, sort or kind
Done in person or by oneself without the use of another person or outside agency
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  1. Done in person or by oneself without the use of another person or outside agency
  2. Of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual
  3. Aimed pointedly at the most intimate aspects of a person, especially in a critical or hostile manner:
Typical of or identified with a person, place, etc.
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  1. Typical of or identified with a person, place, etc.
  2. Designating or of a product, as clothing, which is distinguished by a label bearing the stylized signature of its designer
  1. (Informal) distinctive, characteristic, signature
  2. (Informal) Of or being a distinctive, identifying feature or characteristic
Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
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  1. Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
  2. Capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way
  3. Preceding all others in time; first:
More interested in individual people than in society as a whole
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  1. More interested in individual people than in society as a whole
  2. Interested in oneself rather than others; egocentric
Being the only one of its kind:
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  1. Being the only one of its kind:
  2. Characteristic only of a particular category or entity:
  3. Distinctively associated with or characteristic of a particular group, category, condition, location, etc.
Of a kind different from others; distinctive, peculiar, or unique
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  1. Of a kind different from others; distinctive, peculiar, or unique
  2. Not general or regular; specific or limited
  3. Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular:
Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
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  1. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
  2. Right for the purpose; suitable; fit; proper
Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
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  1. Of, belonging to, or associated with a specific person, group, thing, or category; not general or universal:
  2. Of, relating to, or providing details; precise:
  3. Distinctive among others of the same group, category, or nature; noteworthy or exceptional:
Constituting a symptom, as of a disease:
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  1. Constituting a symptom, as of a disease:
  2. In accordance with symptoms
  3. Of, relating to, or based on symptoms:
Designed or intended for one's exclusive use:
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  1. Designed or intended for one's exclusive use:
  2. Of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges:
  3. Of, belonging to, or concerning a particular person or group; not common or general
Being the only one of its kind
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  1. Being the only one of its kind
  2. Excluding certain people or groups, as for social or economic reasons
  3. Not accompanied by others; single or sole:
Existing in someone or something as a natural and inseparable quality, characteristic, or right; intrinsic; innate; basic
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  1. Existing in someone or something as a natural and inseparable quality, characteristic, or right; intrinsic; innate; basic
  2. Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; intrinsic:
  1. Innate, possessed by an organism at birth
  2. Present in the organism at birth; innate; not acquired
  3. Existing naturally or by heredity rather than being learned through experience.
Resulting from narrow or limited associations
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  1. Resulting from narrow or limited associations
  2. Consisting of or involving a homogenous or unvaried group of people:
  3. Fixed in the character or disposition as if inherited; deep-seated:
Worked deeply into the texture or fiber:
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  1. Worked deeply into the texture or fiber:
  2. Firmly established, as by long conditioning; deep-seated:
  3. Being an element; present in the essence of a thing
Occurring in nature on its own, uncombined with other substances. Copper and gold are often found in native form.
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  1. Occurring in nature on its own, uncombined with other substances. Copper and gold are often found in native form.
  2. Simple; natural; free from affectation
  3. As found in nature; natural and not refined, adorned, or altered by man
Relating to or used in a diagnosis.
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  1. Relating to or used in a diagnosis.
  2. (Comput.) Of or having to do with the use of computer diagnostics
  3. Serving to identify a particular disease; characteristic.
Serving to indicate:
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  1. Serving to indicate:
  2. Giving an indication, suggestion, or intimation; showing; signifying
  3. Designating or of the mood of a verb used to identify an act, state, or occurrence as actual, or to ask a question of fact
Capable of distinguishing or of making a distinction.
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  1. Capable of distinguishing or of making a distinction.
  2. Serving to distinguish; distinguishing
  3. Able to discriminate or distinguish:
Not separable; that cannot be separated or parted
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  1. Not separable; that cannot be separated or parted
  2. Very closely associated; constant:
  3. Impossible to separate or part:
Incapable of being eradicated.
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  1. Incapable of being eradicated.
  2. That cannot be eradicated
  3. Not able to be eradicated
A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
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  1. A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
  2. A genetically determined characteristic or condition. Traits may be physical, such as hair color or leaf shape, or they may be behavioral, such as nesting in birds and burrowing in rodents. Traits typically result from the combined action of several genes, though some traits are expressed by a single gene.
  3. A distinguishing feature, as of a person's character.
(Archaic) Outward appearance; form or shape.
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  1. (Archaic) Outward appearance; form or shape.
  2. (Linguistics) A property of linguistic units or forms:
  3. The form or look of the face; facial appearance
An object used in literature or art as a symbol for a person, office, etc.
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  1. An object used in literature or art as a symbol for a person, office, etc.
  2. (Grammar) A word or phrase syntactically subordinate to another word or phrase that it modifies; for example, my sister's and brown in my sister's brown dog.
  3. A characteristic or quality of a person or thing
(Phonet.) The distinctive character of a vowel sound as determined by the resonance of the vocal cords and the shape of the air passage above the larynx when the sound is produced
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  1. (Phonet.) The distinctive character of a vowel sound as determined by the resonance of the vocal cords and the shape of the air passage above the larynx when the sound is produced
  2. A personal trait, especially a character trait:
  3. Basic nature; character; kind
Something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle
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  1. Something necessary or fundamental; indispensable, inherent, or basic feature or principle
Any natural or specialized power of a living organism; sense
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  1. Any natural or specialized power of a living organism; sense
  2. The teachers and instructors of a school or college, or of one of its divisions, especially those considered permanent, full-time employees.
  3. Power or ability to do some particular thing; special aptitude or skill
That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
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  1. That which is peculiar; a special and distinctive characteristic or habit; particularity.
  2. The quality or condition of being peculiar
  3. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
(Medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
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  1. (Medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
  2. The temperament or mental constitution peculiar to a person or group
  3. A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.
An individual or distinguishing feature.
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  1. An individual or distinguishing feature.
  2. The quality or state of being individual; singularity:
  3. The aggregate of qualities and characteristics that distinguish one person or thing from others; character:
Manner or mode of expression in language, as distinct from the ideas expressed; way of using words to express thoughts
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  1. Manner or mode of expression in language, as distinct from the ideas expressed; way of using words to express thoughts
  2. The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
  3. A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one's actions and tastes:
(Gram.) A characteristic of verbs, expressed in some languages by inflection, indicating the nature of an action as being completed or single (called perfective or nonprogressive aspect), or as being uncompleted, repeated, or habitual (called imperfective or progressive aspect); also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
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  1. (Gram.) A characteristic of verbs, expressed in some languages by inflection, indicating the nature of an action as being completed or single (called perfective or nonprogressive aspect), or as being uncompleted, repeated, or habitual (called imperfective or progressive aspect); also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
  2. The appearance of a thing as seen from a specific point; view
  3. Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point:
Any substance added to a food, medicine, etc. to give it a particular taste; flavoring
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  1. Any substance added to a food, medicine, etc. to give it a particular taste; flavoring
  2. Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force .
  3. A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing:
A distinctive quality or characteristic:
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  1. A distinctive quality or characteristic:
  2. A particular taste or smell
  3. That quality of a thing which acts on the sense of taste or of smell
The simple or fundamental tone of a musical sound as distinguished from its overtones
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  1. The simple or fundamental tone of a musical sound as distinguished from its overtones
  2. A certain attitude on the part of a speaker or writer conveyed by way of word choice, sentence structure, etc.
  3. An intonation, pitch, modulation, etc. of the voice that expresses a particular meaning or feeling of the speaker
A slight trace, flavor, odor, etc.; smack; touch
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  1. A slight trace, flavor, odor, etc.; smack; touch
  2. A small amount of a color incorporated or added.
  3. A slight added element, property, or influence:
A special quality or accomplishment conferring uniqueness or honor:
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  1. A special quality or accomplishment conferring uniqueness or honor:
  2. That which makes or keeps distinct; quality, mark, or feature that differentiates
  3. The quality that makes one seem superior or worthy of special recognition
A way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens:
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  1. A way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens:
  2. The prevailing customs, social conduct, and norms of a specific society, period, or group, especially as the subject of a literary work:
  3. Kind; sort:
(Architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
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  1. (Architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
  2. Relevant meaning; application; relation
  3. Direction, especially angular direction measured from one position to another using geographical or celestial reference lines.
The difference in direction of two lines, planes, or surfaces as measured by the angle between them; specif., a property of a line in a plane, being the angle measured from the positive portion of the x-axis to the line in question
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  1. The difference in direction of two lines, planes, or surfaces as measured by the angle between them; specif., a property of a line in a plane, being the angle measured from the positive portion of the x-axis to the line in question
  2. A characteristic disposition or tendency to act in a certain way; a propensity:
  3. Any action, practice, or thing, toward which one is inclined
The basic character or qualities of humanity:
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  1. The basic character or qualities of humanity:
  2. Kind; sort; type
  3. Inborn character; innate disposition; inherent tendencies of a person
Qualities of any individual as expressed by attitudes and physical and mental activities; distinctive individual qualities of a person, considered collectively
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  1. Qualities of any individual as expressed by attitudes and physical and mental activities; distinctive individual qualities of a person, considered collectively
  2. Remarks, usually of an offensive or disparaging nature, aimed at or referring to a person
  3. (Archaic) The quality or fact of being a particular person; personal identity; individuality
The distinguishing mental and physical characteristics of a human according to medieval physiology, resulting from dominance of one of the four humors.
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  1. The distinguishing mental and physical characteristics of a human according to medieval physiology, resulting from dominance of one of the four humors.
  2. One's customary frame of mind or natural disposition; nature
  3. The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person.
The way that anything is constructed or put together; organization; form
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  1. The way that anything is constructed or put together; organization; form
  2. The rectangular image on a film screen, or the particular objects or activity focused on by the camera
  3. Basic or skeletal structure around which a thing is built and that gives the thing its shape; framework, as of a house
(Countable) Something original.
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  1. (Countable) Something original.
  2. The capacity to act or think independently.
  3. The quality or condition of being original
(--- Mathematics) A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists.
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  1. (--- Mathematics) A point at which the derivative does not exist for a given function but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists.
  2. A point of infinite density and infinitesimal volume, at which space and time become infinitely distorted according to the theory of General Relativity. According to the big bang theory, a gravitational singularity existed at the beginning of the universe. Singularities are also believed to exist at the center of black holes.
  3. A unique, distinct, or peculiar feature or thing
A modification or restriction; limiting condition
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  1. A modification or restriction; limiting condition
  2. A condition that must be met in order to exercise certain rights
  3. A quality, ability, or accomplishment that makes a person suitable for a particular position or task.
(Archaic) Chastity, especially in a woman.
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  1. (Archaic) Chastity, especially in a woman.
  2. A particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage:
  3. An example or kind of moral excellence:
A letter or figure used in schools, etc. to show quality of work or behavior; grade
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  1. A letter or figure used in schools, etc. to show quality of work or behavior; grade
  2. (Film, Theater) Something, as a piece of tape or a chalked line, indicating an actor's predetermined position on a stage or set
  3. (Computers) A character or feature in a file, record, or data stream used to locate a specific point or condition.
One that has or shows an abundance of a quality as if highly concentrated:
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  1. One that has or shows an abundance of a quality as if highly concentrated:
  2. The intrinsic or indispensable quality or qualities that serve to characterize or identify something:
  3. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
The extremities of an animal, such as a cat or horse, especially when they differ in color from the rest of the coat.
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  1. The extremities of an animal, such as a cat or horse, especially when they differ in color from the rest of the coat.
  2. (--- Basketball) A position in the forecourt beyond the top of the key, usually taken by the point guard.
  3. A quality or characteristic that is important or distinctive, especially a standard characteristic used to judge an animal.
A variation of a given kind or type:
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  1. A variation of a given kind or type:
  2. A winding of one thing around another
  3. A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:
The diameter of a cylindrical body or of its hollowed interior
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  1. The diameter of a cylindrical body or of its hollowed interior
  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. Degree of worth or value of a person or thing; quality or ability
The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.
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  1. The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.
  2. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
  3. General character, aspect, or appearance:
A strain, element, or tendency in behavior, temperament, etc.; trait
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  1. A strain, element, or tendency in behavior, temperament, etc.; trait
  2. (Mineralogy) The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
  3. The characteristic color of a mineral after it has been ground into a powder. Because the streak of a mineral is not always the same as its natural color, it is a useful tool in mineral identification.
A strip of cloth or braid worn on a uniform to indicate rank, awards received, or length of service; a chevron.
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  1. A strip of cloth or braid worn on a uniform to indicate rank, awards received, or length of service; a chevron.
  2. A long narrow band distinguished, as by color or texture, from the surrounding material or surface.
  3. A distinctive type, kind, or sort
The state, quality, or fact of being particular
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  1. The state, quality, or fact of being particular
  2. A specific point or detail; a particular.
  3. (Countable) A particular thing; a peculiarity
A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
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  1. A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
  2. Any extensive, linear surface feature on a planet, as a fault line, that indicates the nature of the underlying crust
  3. Any of the features of the body, usually of the face, esp. with regard to its outline
A distinguishing sign or symptom; characteristic
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  1. A distinguishing sign or symptom; characteristic
  2. (Comput.) A routine for testing a piece of hardware or for locating an error in a program
  3. A symptom or a distinguishing feature serving as supporting evidence in a diagnosis.
A quantity or thing cast in a certain way
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  1. A quantity or thing cast in a certain way
  2. The form in which something is made or constructed; arrangement:
  3. The form or direction in which a thing is cast
An act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain
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  1. An act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain
  2. (Informal, old) A child or girl, esp. one viewed as cute or pretty
  3. A turn or round of duty or work; shift
An identification mark put on, or cut into, the ear of a domestic animal to show ownership
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  1. An identification mark put on, or cut into, the ear of a domestic animal to show ownership
  2. Something specially set aside or reserved; often, specif., a government spending appropriation inserted into a bill, committee report, etc. and directed toward or benefiting a particular recipient
  3. Any identifying mark or feature; characteristic; sign
A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy.
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  1. A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy.
  2. An artistic style of the late 1500s characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.
  3. Excessive use of some distinctive, often affected, manner or style in art, literature, speech, or behavior
An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary:
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  1. An unpredictable or unaccountable act or event; a vagary:
  2. A sudden twist, turn, or stroke
  3. (Now Rare) A clever turn of speech; sally; quip
A distinctive characteristic by which a person or thing comes to be known:
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  1. A distinctive characteristic by which a person or thing comes to be known:
  2. (Informal) A distinctive feature or characteristic that serves to identify the maker or originator
  3. A symbol, design, word, letter, etc. used by a manufacturer or dealer to distinguish a product or products from those of competitors: usually registered and protected by law
A characteristic mark or indicative trait:
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  1. A characteristic mark or indicative trait:
  2. Any distinguishing mark, sign, or symbol
  3. A distinctive token, emblem, or sign worn to show rank, membership, achievement, etc.
A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination.
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  1. A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination.
  2. Any circumstance, event, or condition that accompanies something and indicates its existence or occurrence; sign; indication
  3. An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
The power or liberty to control, direct, or dispose:
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  1. The power or liberty to control, direct, or dispose:
  2. A putting in order or being put in order; arrangement
  3. An act of disposing; a bestowal or transfer to another.
That in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent.
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  1. That in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent.
  2. A special quality, feature, point, characteristic, etc.
  3. A thing specialized in; special interest, field of study or professional work, etc.
A particular state of mind or emotion:
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  1. A particular state of mind or emotion:
  2. (Grammar) A property of verbs in which the speaker's attitude toward the factuality or likelihood of the action or condition expressed.
  3. (Gram.) A characteristic of verbs that involves the speaker's attitude toward the action expressed, indicating whether this is regarded as a fact (indicative mood), as a matter of supposition, desire, possibility, etc. (subjunctive mood), or as a command (imperative mood); also, an analytic category based on this characteristic (mood is shown by inflection, as in Latin, or analytically with auxiliaries, as English may, might, should, or by both)
A statement about the behavior, qualities, etc. of a person, esp. as given by a former employer; reference
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  1. A statement about the behavior, qualities, etc. of a person, esp. as given by a former employer; reference
  2. Essential quality; nature; kind or sort
  3. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation:
A gift of nature; inherent talent, ability, quality, etc.
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  1. A gift of nature; inherent talent, ability, quality, etc.
  2. Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income.
  3. Something with which a person or thing is endowed.
A natural leaning or tendency; propensity
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  1. A natural leaning or tendency; propensity
  2. A framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads
  3. Any of a genus (Agrostis) of dense, low-growing perennial grasses that spread by putting out runners and are often used for lawns and golf greens
A definite purpose or point of view in something said or written
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  1. A definite purpose or point of view in something said or written
  2. Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction:
  3. An inclination to move or act in a particular direction or way; constant disposition to some action or state; leaning; bias; propensity; bent
Any of the main constituent parts, as of a high-fidelity sound system
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  1. Any of the main constituent parts, as of a high-fidelity sound system
  2. Any of the elements into which a vector quantity, as force or velocity, may be resolved: any vector is the sum of its components
  3. (Mathematics) One of a set of two or more vectors having a sum equal to a given vector.
(Informal) A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion:
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  1. (Informal) A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion:
  2. The result of work or activity:
  3. (Informal) A complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity
Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
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  1. Serving to identify; distinguishing or characteristic:
  2. Making distinct; distinguishing from others; characteristic
  3. Distinguished or attractive:
Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
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  1. Existing as a distinct entity; separate:
  2. Distinguished from others by special characteristics; of a unique or striking character
  3. Of or relating to an individual, especially a single human:
Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
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  1. Out of the ordinary; queer; odd; strange
  2. Particular; unique; special
  3. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique:
Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
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  1. Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
  2. Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category:
  3. Of or belonging to a type or representative example; characteristic
Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
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  1. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
  2. Of or relating to a vintage.
  3. Of or produced in a particular vintage
An object used in literature or art as a symbol for a person, office, etc.
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  1. An object used in literature or art as a symbol for a person, office, etc.
  2. An object associated with and serving to identify a character, personage, or office:
  3. A characteristic or quality of a person or thing
Public estimation of someone; reputation:
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  1. Public estimation of someone; reputation:
  2. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation:
  3. Essential quality; nature; kind or sort
A special story, article, etc. in a newspaper or magazine, often prominently displayed
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  1. A special story, article, etc. in a newspaper or magazine, often prominently displayed
  2. A prominent or distinctive part, quality, or characteristic:
  3. (Linguistics) A property of linguistic units or forms:
A visible object of known position, serving as a guide or point of reference
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  1. A visible object of known position, serving as a guide or point of reference
  2. A name, logo, or other indicator used to indicate ownership, origin, or level of quality.
  3. A recognized standard of quality:
A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
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  1. A notable or distinctive feature or characteristic.
  2. The quality or state of being peculiar; individuality; singularity.
  3. The quality or condition of being peculiar
Any trait or attribute proper to a thing or, formerly, to a person; characteristic quality; peculiarity; specif., any of the principal characteristics of a substance, esp. as determined by the senses or by its effect on another substance
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  1. Any trait or attribute proper to a thing or, formerly, to a person; characteristic quality; peculiarity; specif., any of the principal characteristics of a substance, esp. as determined by the senses or by its effect on another substance
  2. (Logic) A quality common to all members of a species or class
  3. An attribute, characteristic, or quality:
Those in a high social position:
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  1. Those in a high social position:
  2. A personal trait, especially a character trait:
  3. Superiority of kind:
The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell:
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  1. The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell:
  2. That quality of a thing which acts on the sense of taste or of smell
  3. Characteristic quality; distinctive property
A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
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  1. A genetically determined characteristic or condition:
  2. A distinguishing feature, as of a person's character.
  3. A distinguishing quality or characteristic, as of personality

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
Find another word for characteristic. In this page you can discover 122 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for characteristic, like: property, distinctive, typical, representative, distinguishing, peculiar, individual, idiosyncratic, emblematic, natural and normal.