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1. A distinguishing feature or attribute of an item, person, phenomenon, etc., usually divided into three categories: (1) physical, (2) functional, and (3) operational.
2. Math: Integer part of a common logarithm.

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I thought that understanding the characteristic our subject was displaying would offer insight into the inner workings of the individual's mind.
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A strong belief in God and the Bible is characteristic of people who consider themselves belonging to one of the many Christian faiths.
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You should always try and make sure your business keeps the same characteristic it has had in the past if things are going well.
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Know What Characteristics Matter
"It's very common to drown in the details or be attracted to complexity, but what's most important to me is to know what three, four or five major characteristics of the business really matter. I see my job primarily as asking the right questions and focusing the analysis in order to make a decision."
- Jean-Marie Eveillard

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