Some or maybe all character traits come in different degrees. For example some honest people are less/more honest than others. I want a word to describe such a feature.


That character trait is not the same in everyone who has it, but it is ---- .

I know of "of degrees", "subject to degrees", but I am looking for other words.

  • Gradable: capable of being graded. But this has far wider applications. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 14 '17 at 23:45

I would say most (all?) character traits are qualitative:

Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity.
‘a qualitative change in the undergraduate curriculum’
Oxford Living Dictionaries


I'd say something along the lines of a spectrum or a continuum. These clearly indicate that gradients exist.

Special usage note: Spectrum may have a modern connotation of being related to autism, as on the spectrum is a phrase I hear often to describe a person having autism without getting into further detail (i.e., my niece is on the spectrum, more generic than saying something like my niece has Asperger's).

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