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[tip-i-kuh l] /ˈtɪp ɪ kəl/
of the nature of or serving as a type or representative specimen.
conforming to a particular type.
Biology. exemplifying most nearly the essential characteristics of a higher group in natural history, and forming the type:
the typical genus of a family.
characteristic or distinctive:
He has the mannerisms typical of his class.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as a type or emblem; symbolic.
Also, typic.
Origin of typical
1605-15; < Medieval Latin typicālis, equivalent to Late Latin typic(us) (< Greek typikós, equivalent to týp(os) type + -ikos -ic) + Latin -ālis -al1
Related forms
typically, adverb
typicalness, typicality, noun
nontypical, adjective
nontypically, adverb
nontypicalness, noun
quasi-typical, adjective
quasi-typically, adverb
untypical, adjective
untypically, adverb
1. normal, average, stock, usual. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for typical
  • One of the ultimate comfort foods is made even better with a cheesy-biscuit topping in place of the typical pastry crust topping.
  • Your typical vegetarian enchiladas are mostly cheese.
  • For the typical sabbatical, the choices are either half a year away at full pay or a full year away at half pay.
  • Let the typical spring media frenzy over admissions begin.
  • Your work preparing success stories will pay off when you get to the interview and you're asked a typical question.
  • Those who do live there often leave on the weekends making it a typical suitcase school.
  • It is difficult for journalists to capture the attention of typical readers without relying on human interest stories.
  • The typical safety office will monitor biohazards produced from research on, say, a virulent virus or bacterium.
  • My typical confrontational-likes-a-challenge nature took a dive during that period.
  • The last hour of her life was typical of its happiness.
British Dictionary definitions for typical


being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristic: the painting is a typical Rembrandt
considered to be an example of some undesirable trait: that is typical of you!
of or relating to a representative specimen or type
conforming to a type
(biology) having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic group: a typical species of a genus
Also (poetic) typic
Derived Forms
typically, adverb
typicalness, typicality, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin typicālis, from Late Latin typicus figurative, from Greek tupikos, from tupostype
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Word Origin and History for typical

c.1600, "symbolic, emblematic," from Medieval Latin typicalis "symbolic," from Late Latin typicus "of or pertaining to a type," from Greek typikos, from typos "impression" (see type (n.)). Sense of "characteristic" is first recorded 1850. Related: Typically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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