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September 17th, 2018

What is a characteristic?


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What is a characteristic? Here is my definition:


A characteristic is a typical attribute


I believe that a characteristic is a quality that is often true. For example, if you say, "The employee is normally punctual" then the word 'punctual' is a characteristic because it describes a typical quality. Although there might be instances where the employee is not punctual, the employee usually will be on time.


Another example, if you say "San Diego normally has warm weather" the word 'warm' is a characteristic because most its true most of the time. Of course there are times when San Diego has cold weather, but this doesn't remove the underlying characteristic.



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