Characteristic vs Quintessentially - What's the difference?
As an adjective characteristic
is being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing.
As a noun characteristic
is a distinguishable feature of a person or thing.
As an adverb quintessentially is
in a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature.
Being a distinguishing feature of a person or thing.
* , chapter=12
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic
bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.}}
* characteristic function
a distinguishable feature of a person or thing
(mathematics) the integer part of a logarithm
(nautical) the distinguishing features of a navigational light on a lighthouse etc by which it can be identified (colour, pattern of flashes etc)
(algebra, field theory) The minimum number of times that the unit of a field must be added unto itself in order to yield that field's zero, or, if that minimum natural number does not exist, then (the integer) zero.
- A field's characteristic, if non-zero, must be a prime number.
* See also
* defining characteristic
In a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature.
* 1994 — Christopher Bulis, State of Change , ch XXIII, p237
- Peri handed Ptolemy his helmet. It had a crest on it, which she always thought looked quintessentially Roman.