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[ey-tip-i-kuh l] /eɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/
not typical; not conforming to the type; irregular; abnormal:
atypical behavior; a flower atypical of the species.
Also, atypic.
Origin of atypical
1880-85; a-6 + typical
Related forms
atypicality, noun
atypically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for atypical


not typical; deviating from or not conforming to type
Derived Forms
atypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for atypical

1847, from a- (2) "not" + typical. Related: Atypically.

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atypical in Medicine

atypical a·typ·i·cal (ā-tĭp'ĭ-kəl)
Not corresponding to the normal form or type; not typical.

a·typ'i·cal·ly adv.
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