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archetypal

[ahr-ki-tahy-puh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtaɪ pəl/
adjective
1.
of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype:
an archetypal evil stepmother.
Sometimes, archetypical
[ahr-ki-tip-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
archetypic.
Origin of archetypal
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archetypal

/ˌɑːkɪˈtaɪpəl/
adjective
1.
perfect or typical as a specimen of something
2.
being an original model or pattern or a prototype
3.
(psychoanal) of or relating to Jungian archetypes
4.
constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
Derived Forms
archetypally, archetypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for archetypal
adj.

1640s, from Latin archetypum (see archetype) + -al (1). Jungian sense is from 1923.

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