defining characteristic

Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by Anglo-Greek, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Anglo-Greek Senior Member

    London, UK
    How do you say "defining characteristic" (or "defining feature") in Russian? To explain what this English term means, in case it's not clear, here's Wiktionary's definition:

    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 Aristotle's words, the "rational animal."
  2. igusarov

    igusarov Senior Member

    Moscow, Russia
    "определяющая черта"
    "отличительная особенность"

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