|Characteristic (Char`ac*ter*is"tic) (?), a.
[Gr. ¿: cf. F. charactéristique.]
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." Macaulay.
Characteristic (Char`ac*ter*is"tic), n.
1. A distinguishing trait, quality, or property; an element of character; that which characterized. Pope. "The characteristics of a true critic." Johnson.
2. (Math.) The integral part (whether positive or negative) of a logarithm.
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