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[tahy-pol-uh-jee] /taɪˈpɒl ə dʒi/
the doctrine or study of types or prefigurative symbols, especially in scriptural literature.
a systematic classification or study of types.
Linguistics. the study and classification of languages according to structural features, especially patterns of phonology, morphology, and syntax, without reference to their histories.
1835-45; typo- + -logy
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[tahy-puh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌtaɪ pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
typologic, adjective
typologically, adverb
typologist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for typology


(mainly Christian theol) the doctrine or study of types or of the correspondence between them and the realities which they typify
Derived Forms
typological (ˌtaɪpəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), typologic, adjective
typologically, adverb
typologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for typology

1845, from Greek typos (see type (n.)) + -ology.

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Encyclopedia Article for typology

system of groupings (such as "landed gentry" or "rain forests"), usually called types, the members of which are identified by postulating specified attributes that are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive-groupings set up to aid demonstration or inquiry by establishing a limited relationship among phenomena. A type may represent one kind of attribute or several and need include only those features that are significant for the problem at hand

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