distinguishing characteristic

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Noun1.distinguishing characteristic - an odd or unusual characteristic
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
calling card - a distinguishing characteristic or behavior; "bombs are a terrorist's calling cards"
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I think that is their distinguishing characteristic.
The distinguishing characteristic of the Marquesan islanders, and that which at once strikes you, is the European cast of their features--a peculiarity seldom observable among other uncivilized people.
But crispness was no longer Marilla's distinguishing characteristic.
So much simplicity combined with so much force of character, such natural sagacity united to such amiability and gentleness--these are the distinguishing characteristics of both.
The ghost, it appears,--with the pertinacity which was one of his distinguishing characteristics while alive,--insisted that he was the rightful proprietor of the site upon which the house stood.
Citing the main distinguishing characteristic between cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals as the precise dose required for efficacy and safety, the authors look at ingredients, safety, dosage, and the creativity and diversity that is possible in cosmeceuticals and impossible in pharmaceuticals.
Professor Nigel Piercy, dean of Swansea University's School of Management, said a further distinguishing characteristic of those who are elected to office in trade unions "is often straggly beards - half-way between designer stubble and a real beard, such growths are probably indicative of a hormone deficiency".
The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel offers all that in seamless ways appreciated by new truck buyers, with the powerful and efficient EcoDiesel engine the distinguishing characteristic of this truck's winning personality.
Their distinguishing characteristic is their ability to regenerate without differentiating into other tissues, which keeps tumours coming back even after radiation or chemotherapy.
Automotive journalist Mitsuhiro Kunisawa said: "While it's very rare, this spider's distinguishing characteristic is that it likes the smell of gasoline, caused by the hydrogen oxide.
Your integrated enterprise approach will become a distinguishing characteristic of your management system and a source of competitive advantage.
The distinguishing characteristic of the Unibar Fastener Clipper Splice is all the teeth, or hooks, are joined together by a single bar stretching the length of the conveyor.