defining characteristic

defining characteristic
A property held by all members of a class of object that is so distinctive that it is sufficient to determine membership in that class. A property that defines that which possesses it.

The defining characteristic of a human is that it is, in Aristotles words, the "rational animal."

See Also: defining feature

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