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Characteristic vs. Idiosyncrasy

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Characteristicadjective

Being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing.

Idiosyncrasynoun

A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.

Characteristicnoun

A distinguishing feature of a person or thing.

‘The para-communist doctrine of antiwhiteness reflects the defining characteristics of communist ideology — deceit, malice, and struggle.’;

Idiosyncrasynoun

A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.

Characteristicnoun

(mathematics) The integer part of a logarithm.

Idiosyncrasynoun

(medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.

Characteristicnoun

(nautical) The distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc.).

Idiosyncrasynoun

A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.

‘He mastered the idiosyncrasies of English spelling and speech.’;

Characteristicnoun

For a given field or ring, a natural number that is either the smallest positive number n such that n instances of the multiplicative identity (1) summed together yield the additive identity (0) or, if no such number exists, the number 0.

‘The characteristic of a field, if non-zero, must be a prime number.’;

Idiosyncrasynoun

A peculiarity of physical or mental constitution or temperament; a characteristic belonging to, and distinguishing, an individual; characteristic susceptibility; idiocrasy; eccentricity.

‘The individual mind . . . takes its tone from the idiosyncrasies of the body.’;

Characteristicadjective

Pertaining to, or serving to constitute, the character; showing the character, or distinctive qualities or traits, of a person or thing; peculiar; distinctive.

‘Characteristic clearness of temper.’;

Idiosyncrasynoun

a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

Characteristicnoun

A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized.

‘The characteristics of a true critic.’;

Idiosyncrasynoun

a mode of behaviour or way of thought peculiar to an individual

‘one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first’;

Characteristicnoun

The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.

Idiosyncrasynoun

a distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing

‘the idiosyncrasies of the prison system’;

Characteristicnoun

a prominent aspect of something;

‘the map showed roads and other features’; ‘generosity is one of his best characteristics’;

Idiosyncrasynoun

an abnormal physical reaction by an individual to a food or drug.

Characteristicnoun

a distinguishing quality

Idiosyncrasy

An idiosyncrasy is an unusual feature of a person (though there are also other uses, see below). It can also mean an odd habit.

Characteristicnoun

the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2

Characteristicnoun

any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

Characteristicadjective

typical or distinctive;

‘heard my friend's characteristic laugh’; ‘red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn’; ‘stripes characteristic of the zebra’;

Characteristicadjective

typical of a particular person, place, or thing

‘he began with a characteristic attack on extremism’;

Characteristicnoun

a feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

‘certain defining characteristics of the school emerge from the study’;

Characteristicnoun

the whole number or integral part of a logarithm, which gives the order of magnitude of the original number.

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