signature, adj.

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Dec 22 19:43:44 UTC 2010

The common adjective "signature," meaning distinguishing, defining,
typical or quintessential, is not in the OED.

"Traumatic brain injury is considered the 'signature injury' of
soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan."


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