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Characteristic vs. Principle

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  • Characteristic (adjective)

    Being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing.

  • Characteristic (noun)

    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."

  • Characteristic (noun)

    The integer part of a logarithm.

  • Characteristic (noun)

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

  • Characteristic (noun)

    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."

  • Principle (noun)

    A fundamental assumption or guiding belief.

    "We need some sort of principles to reason from."

  • Principle (noun)

    A rule used to choose among solutions to a problem.

    "The principle of least privilege holds that a process should only receive the permissions it needs."

  • Principle (noun)

    Moral rule or aspect.

    "I don't doubt your principles."

    "You are clearly a person of principle."

    "It's the principle of the thing; I won't do business with someone I can't trust."

  • Principle (noun)

    A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied.

    "Bernoulli's Principle"

    "The Pauli Exclusion Principle prevents two fermions from occupying the same state."

    "The principle of the internal combustion engine"

  • Principle (noun)

    A fundamental essence, particularly one producing a given quality.

    "Many believe that life is the result of some vital principle."

  • Principle (noun)

    A beginning.

  • Principle (noun)

    A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.

  • Principle (noun)

    An original faculty or endowment.

  • Principle (verb)

    To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet or rule of conduct.

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  • Characteristic (adjective)

    typical of a particular person, place, or thing

    "he began with a characteristic attack on extremism"

  • Characteristic (noun)

    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"

  • Characteristic (noun)

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

  • Principle (noun)

    a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning

    "the basic principles of justice"

  • Principle (noun)

    a rule or belief governing one's behaviour

    "she resigned over a matter of principle"

    "struggling to be true to their own principles"

  • Principle (noun)

    morally correct behaviour and attitudes

    "a man of principle"

  • Principle (noun)

    a general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.

  • Principle (noun)

    a natural law forming the basis for the construction or working of a machine

    "these machines all operate on the same general principle"

  • Principle (noun)

    a fundamental source or basis of something

    "the first principle of all things was water"

  • Principle (noun)

    a fundamental quality determining the nature of something

    "the combination of male and female principles"

  • Principle (noun)

    an active or characteristic constituent of a substance, obtained by simple analysis or separation

    "the active principle of Spanish fly"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Characteristic (adjective)

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

  • Characteristic (noun)

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

  • Characteristic (noun)

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

  • Principle (noun)

    Beginning; commencement.

  • Principle (noun)

    A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause.

  • Principle (noun)

    An original faculty or endowment.

  • Principle (noun)

    A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate.

  • Principle (noun)

    A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle.

  • Principle (noun)

    Any original inherent constituent which characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; - applied especially to drugs, plant extracts, etc.

  • Principle

    To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles; to impress with any tenet, or rule of conduct, good or ill.

Webster Dictionary
  • Characteristic (noun)

    a prominent aspect of something;

    "the map showed roads and other features"

    "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

  • Characteristic (noun)

    a distinguishing quality

  • Characteristic (noun)

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

  • Characteristic (noun)

    any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions

  • Characteristic (adjective)

    typical or distinctive;

    "heard my friend's characteristic laugh"

    "red and gold are the characteristic colors of autumn"

    "stripes characteristic of the zebra"

  • Principle (noun)

    a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct;

    "their principles of composition characterized all their works"

  • Principle (noun)

    a rule or standard especially of good behavior;

    "a man of principle"

    "he will not violate his principles"

  • Principle (noun)

    a basic truth or law or assumption;

    "the principles of democracy"

  • Principle (noun)

    a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system;

    "the principle of the conservation of mass"

    "the principle of jet propulsion"

    "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"

  • Principle (noun)

    rule of personal conduct

  • Principle (noun)

    (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature);

    "the rationale for capital punishment"

    "the principles of internal-combustion engines"

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