A trait is something about you that makes you "you." When your mother says that you get all your best traits from her, she means you have the same charming smile and the same brilliant mind as she has.

In science, trait refers to a characteristic that is caused by genetics. Having green eyes or being shorter than average are traits a person might have. In more general use, a trait is an important part of someone’s personality or appearance. Try to describe your favorite teacher in three words and you’ll probably come up with a list of her essential traits — such as compassionate, calm, and kooky.

Definitions of trait

n a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

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character, fiber, fibre
the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions
compulsiveness, compulsivity
the trait of acting compulsively
emotionalism, emotionality
emotional nature or quality
emotionlessness, unemotionality
absence of emotion
activeness, activity
the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically
inactiveness, inactivity, inertia
a disposition to remain inactive or inert
earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
the trait of being serious
frivolity, frivolousness
the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
the trait of being communicative
the trait of being uncommunicative
the trait of thinking carefully before acting
thoughtlessness, unthoughtfulness
the trait of not thinking carefully before acting
the trait of being observant and paying attention
the trait of not being considerate and thoughtful of others
the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
femininity, muliebrity
the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
trustiness, trustworthiness
the trait of deserving trust and confidence
untrustiness, untrustworthiness
the trait of not deserving trust or confidence
individualism, individuality, individuation
the quality of being individual
a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
egocentrism, egoism, self-centeredness, self-concern, self-interest
concern for your own interests and welfare
the trait of being highly motivated
firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
the trait of being resolute
irresoluteness, irresolution
the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
the trait of being well behaved
indiscipline, undiscipline
the trait of lacking discipline
the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
conceit, conceitedness, vanity
the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
humbleness, humility
a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
wisdom, wiseness
the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
folly, foolishness, unwiseness
the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
judgement, judgment, perspicacity, sound judgement, sound judgment
the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
trust, trustfulness, trustingness
the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust
the trait of not trusting others
diligence in keeping clean
lack of cleanly habits
behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
flexibility, tractability, tractableness
the trait of being easily persuaded
intractability, intractableness
the trait of being hard to influence or control
ruralism, rurality
a rural characteristic or trait
a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
animal nature, animality
the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
disposition, temperament
your usual mood
(obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
obsessiveness, obsessivity
extreme compulsiveness
compulsiveness about working
the quality of being arresting or highly emotional
tending to express your feelings freely
affectionateness, fondness, lovingness, warmth
a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
drippiness, mawkishness, mushiness, sentimentality, sloppiness, soupiness
falsely emotional in a maudlin way
heat, passion, warmth
the trait of being intensely emotional
excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)
excitability, excitableness, volatility
being easily excited
the trait of exhibiting no personal embarrassment or concern
chilliness, coldness, coolness, frigidity, frigidness, iciness
a lack of affection or enthusiasm
dispassion, dispassionateness, dryness
objectivity and detachment
stoicism, stolidity, stolidness
an indifference to pleasure or pain
animation, brio, invigoration, spiritedness, vivification
quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
dynamism, oomph, pizzaz, pizzazz, zing
the activeness of an energetic personality
flatness, languor, lethargy, phlegm, sluggishness
inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
the attribute of being restful
passiveness, passivity
the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
indolence, laziness
inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
commitment, committedness
the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness, sombreness
a manner that is serious and solemn
sedateness, solemness, solemnity, staidness
a trait of dignified seriousness
giddiness, silliness
an impulsive scatterbrained manner
a manner lacking seriousness
fun, playfulness
a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
frankness, outspokenness
the trait of being blunt and outspoken
effusiveness, expansiveness, expansivity
a friendly open trait of a talkative person
articulateness, fluency, volubility
the quality of being facile in speech and writing
garrulity, garrulousness, loquaciousness, loquacity, talkativeness
the quality of being wordy and talkative
muteness, silence
a refusal to speak when expected
secrecy, secretiveness, silence
the trait of keeping things secret
reserve, reticence, taciturnity
the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
the tendency to associate with others and to form social groups
contemplativeness, meditativeness, pensiveness
deep serious thoughtfulness
thoughtfulness about your own situation and feelings
deliberateness, deliberation
the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
reflectiveness, reflectivity
the capability of quiet thought or contemplation
foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
the trait of giving little thought to danger
the trait of acting suddenly on impulse without reflection
the quality of being careful and painstaking
heedfulness, mindfulness
the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities
carefulness, caution, cautiousness
the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger
alertness, on the qui vive, sharp-sightedness
lively attentiveness
vigilance, watchfulness, weather eye
vigilant attentiveness
carelessness, sloppiness
the quality of not being careful or taking pains
heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, unmindfulness
the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities
manfulness, manliness, virility
the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male
being characteristic of a boy
exaggerated masculinity
hoydenism, tomboyishness
masculinity in women (especially in girls and young women)
womanlike, womanliness
the trait of being womanly; having the characteristics of an adult female
behavior befitting a lady
behavior befitting a young maiden
being characteristic of a girl
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, unmanliness, womanishness
the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)
trustworthiness with money as based on a person's credit history; a general qualification for borrowing
responsibility, responsibleness
a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness
a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
singularity, uniqueness
the quality of being one of a kind
distinctiveness, peculiarity, speciality, specialness, specialty
a distinguishing trait
closeness, meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimoniousness, parsimony, tightfistedness, tightness
extreme stinginess
a disposition to be niggardly with money
a disposition not to be liberal (generous) with money
stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others
narcism, narcissism, self-love
an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
enterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead, initiative
readiness to embark on bold new ventures
ambition, ambitiousness
a strong drive for success
energy, get-up-and-go, push
enterprising or ambitious drive
the quality of being bold and enterprising
possession, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, will power, willpower
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct
resoluteness evidenced by strength of character
firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action
bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will, stubbornness
resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
characterized by one unified purpose
adamance, obduracy, unyieldingness
resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
decision, decisiveness
the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
steadfast resolution
unpredictability, volatility
the trait of being unpredictably irresolute
indecision, indecisiveness
the trait of irresolution; a lack of firmness of character or purpose
self-denial, self-discipline
the trait of practicing self discipline
control, restraint
discipline in personal and social activities
indulgence, self-indulgence
an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
dissoluteness, incontinence, self-gratification
indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures
the quality of lacking restraint
boastfulness, vainglory
outspoken conceit
egotism, self-importance, swelled head
an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
adopting a vain conceited posture
meekness, subduedness
a disposition to be patient and long suffering
judiciousness, sagaciousness, sagacity
the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
initiation, knowledgeability, knowledgeableness
wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge
diplomacy, statecraft, statesmanship
wisdom in the management of public affairs
discernment, discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
indiscretion, injudiciousness
the trait of being injudicious
absurdity, fatuity, fatuousness, silliness
a ludicrous folly
the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness
objectiveness, objectivity
judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
subjectiveness, subjectivity
judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts
tendency to believe readily
suspicion, suspiciousness
being of a suspicious nature
the trait of being meticulous about matters of taste or style
neatness, tidiness
the trait of being neat and orderly
habitual uncleanliness
messiness, untidiness
the trait of being untidy and messy
social deportment
conduct as a citizen
flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
improperness, impropriety
an improper demeanor
manageability, manageableness
capable of being managed or controlled
the trait of being agreeably submissive and manageable
domestication, tameness
the attribute of having been domesticated
amenability, amenableness, cooperativeness
the trait of being cooperative
the trait of being willing to obey
recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, refractoriness, unmanageableness
the trait of being unmanageable
an intractably barbarous or uncultivated state of nature
defiance, rebelliousness
intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
fractiousness, unruliness, wilfulness, willfulness
the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly
mulishness, obstinacy, obstinance, stubbornness
the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
the trait of being unwilling to obey
manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving
Type of:
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

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