Definition of characteristically in US English:



  • In a way that is typical of a particular person, place, or thing.

    ‘he characteristically helped an old man’
    ‘his response was characteristically blunt’
    • ‘Euripides characteristically opens his plays with a markedly non-naturalistic prologue.’
    • ‘He was characteristically insensitive to Western public opinion.’
    • ‘His work characteristically involves him interacting, often fruitlessly, with a charcoal drawing he has made on a wall.’
    • ‘Characteristically his sculpture is made of junk material or rough, unworked wood.’
    • ‘"Cultural cringe" denotes a characteristically colonial deference towards the cultural achievements of others.’
    • ‘She follows the three-year evolution of a class at the ballet school, focusing on three characteristically hard-working, gifted students.’
    • ‘In his characteristically satirical manner, he questions the moral degeneration of our cities, where vice is the order of the day.’
    • ‘On one side of the bridge, the setting looks characteristically like a Chinese landscape painting.’
    • ‘Viewed collectively, the works certainly bristle with his characteristically intense emotion.’
    • ‘Some members of characteristically large groups may be more needy than productive.’