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characteristic

1 noun
     
char‧ac‧ter‧is‧tic1 S3 W2 [countable usually plural]
a quality or feature of something or someone that is typical of them and easy to recognize
characteristic of
a baby discovering the physical characteristics of objects
defining/distinguishing characteristic (=one that separates someone or something from others of the same type)
Violent images are a defining characteristic of his work.

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