pro·​to·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌprō-tə-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prototypic \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pik How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \

Definition of prototypical

: of, relating to, or being a prototype

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prototypically \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prototypical (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The Jordan Lawlar kid is a prototypical big league shortstop. Jon Meoli,, 7 July 2021 That was followed by the Countach, which became the prototypical Lamborghini supercar. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 7 July 2021 For most of his professional career, Mr. Weisselberg operated behind the scenes, looking the part of the prototypical accountant: a man of middling height in a pinstriped or dark suit, with glasses, a mustache and a raspy voice. New York Times, 30 June 2021 My father was the prototypical Californian — born elsewhere (Philadelphia), and uprooted by his very Jewish immigrant parents to the promised land, Los Angeles, in the 1930s for a better life. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 The only trait the 6-1 Granson is missing from the prototypical F tight end profile is the height, but Granson’s speed, receiver-like ability to run after the catch and hands more than make up for the missing couple of inches in the Colts’ mind. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2021 Unlike the prototypical pocket passers Shanahan has preferred in the past, Lance is a dual-threat QB who rushed for 1,100 yards in his lone full season as a starter. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021 Darrisaw has the prototypical frame for a left tackle and moves very well. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2021 This design is somewhat similar to the prototypical vapor-compression refrigerator in your kitchen, but the key difference lies in its oil-free compressors. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of prototypical

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Prototypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prototypical

: having the typical qualities of a particular group or kind of person or thing : very typical


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