CARDINAL TRAIT

n. a basic characteristic (trait) which pervades one's personality and dominates a person's character. Sometimes referred to as a personal trait that leads to a core value, it tends to guide and govern the total behavior of an individual. First defined by U.S. psychologist Gordon Willard Allport in 1936.

CARDINAL TRAIT: "Being the strongest and most influential of all, a cardinal trait overrides and overrules all other traits."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CARDINAL TRAIT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cardinal-trait/ (accessed June 18, 2019).
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