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[ahr-ki-tahy-puh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtaɪ pəl/
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),
Origin of archetypal Unabridged
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  • Yes, in the sight of God, like the archetypal ideas of the Platonists.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
  • All must be archetypal; every truth must pre-exist to its perception.

  • These archetypal forms or ideas are the "thoughts of God" 586--they are the plan according to which he framed the universe.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • For the Divine Mind which planned the archetypal also foreknew all its modifications.

    The Plurality of Worlds William Whewell
  • Apart then from the incarnation, the Word was archetypal man as well as God.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
British Dictionary definitions for archetypal


perfect or typical as a specimen of something
being an original model or pattern or a prototype
(psychoanal) of or relating to Jungian archetypes
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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