Characteristic and Distinguishing


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Characteristic adjective – Serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group.
Usage example: the characteristic taste of licorice

Distinguishing is a synonym for characteristic in typical topic. In some cases you can use "Distinguishing" instead an adjective "Characteristic", when it comes to topics like distinctive. popular alternative
Nearby Words: character, characterize, characteristically, characterization, characterized
Synonyms for Characteristic


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Distinguishing adjective – Serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group.
Usage example: a novice birder still learning the distinguishing features of various finches

Characteristic is a synonym for distinguishing in distinctive topic. You can use "Characteristic" instead the word "Distinguishing" as an adjective or a noun, if it concerns topics such as typical. popular alternative
Nearby Words: distinguish, distinguished, distinguishable
Synonyms for Distinguishing

Things that words describes

sense characteristic sense distinguishing sense
feature characteristic feature distinguishing feature
style characteristic style distinguishing style
trait characteristic trait distinguishing trait
Other nouns: features, traits, vocals, flaws.

Both words in one sentence

  • The Road Runner's most distinguishing wacky characteristic was holding up a sign reading his opinions.
  • All of them are tough enough to be considered bosses, and the sole distinguishing visual characteristic some of them have prior to being targeted is being slightly to much larger then the normal enemies in their vicinity.
  • The distinguishing characteristic of the Malaproper is that they constantly replace words with similar-sounding but wrong ones.
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