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Characteristic vs. Trait

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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."

  • Trait (noun)

    an identifying characteristic, habit or trend

    "The number one personality trait I hate is hypocrisy. Why can't you be consistent!?"

  • Trait (noun)

    An uninstantiable collection of methods that provides functionality to a class by using the class’s own interface.

    "Traits are somewhat between an interface and a mixin, as an interface contains only method signatures, while a trait includes also the full method definitions. On the other hand, mixins include method definitions, but they can also carry state through attributes, while traits usually don't."

Wiktionary
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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.

  • Trait (noun)

    a distinguishing quality or characteristic, typically one belonging to a person

    "the traditionally British trait of self-denigration"

  • Trait (noun)

    a genetically determined characteristic

    "breeders were installing some trait that allowed the crop to thrive"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • 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.

  • Trait (noun)

    A stroke; a touch.

  • Trait (noun)

    A distinguishing or marked feature; a peculiarity; as, a trait of character.

Webster Dictionary
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  • 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"

  • Trait (noun)

    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

Princeton's WordNet

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