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    Help me find a better word for this sentence!

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by kelleymiller, Dec 15, 2009.

    What word can I use besides "hallmark"?
    As in,"A hallmark of the disorder is impaired..."

    Are there any synonyms that give emphasis like hallmark? Perhaps "trademark", but can a disorder have a trademark?
     
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    Why use a different word? Hallmark works, so go with it. Trademark, by the way, doesn't sound like an appropriate synonym based on the context of your sentence.
     
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    I'm moving this to General Writing.
     
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    Symptom?
     
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    characteristic symptom, distinguishing characteristic, signature feature.

    If one word is inadequte, use two. But what is wrong with "hallmark"?
     
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    if discussing a 'condition' i wouldn't consider 'hallmark' the most reader-friendly word to use in referring to a 'symptom'... though its definition of 'distinguishing feature or characteristic' would certainly make your sentence clearly understood...

    other good alternatives:

    telltale/sure sign
    indication
    mark
    indicator
    aspect
    attribute

    ...plus many more you can find in any thesaurus...
     
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    "The disorder causes..."

    I fly by this motto: "When in doubt, write it out."
     
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    Wow, you guys have been SO helpful! I just didn't want to use that term because the author of the study I am referencing uses that word often...and I feel uncomfortable with "stealing" it. I guess I was just looking to see if there were other options. I think "distinguishing characteristic" works well. Thank you!
     

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