Distinguishing feature

NOTE 1 A characteristic can be inherent or assigned.
NOTE 2 A characteristic can be qualitative or quantitative.
NOTE 3 There are various classes of characteristic, such as the following:

  • — physical (e.g. mechanical, electrical, chemical or biological characteristics);
  • — sensory (e.g. related to smell, touch, taste, sight, hearing);
  • — behavioural (e.g. courtesy, honesty, veracity);
  • — temporal (e.g. punctuality, reliability, availability);
  • — ergonomic (e.g. physiological characteristic, or related to human safety);
  • — functional (e.g. maximum speed of an aircraft).

[ISO 9000:2005].