pro·​to·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌprō-tə-ˈti-pi-kəl \
variants: or less commonly prototypic \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pik \

Definition of prototypical

: of, relating to, or being a prototype

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prototypically \ ˌprō-​tə-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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In every way but one, Mr. Yanez is the prototypical Dreamer. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Donald Trump’s Dreamer," 4 Feb. 2019 How Obamacare repeal defines the campaign: MacArthur is the prototypical Republican paying the price for the GOP’s plans to roll back preexisting conditions. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2 House Republicans who put it all on the line for Obamacare repeal could lose Tuesday," 5 Nov. 2018 John Carpenter’s stylish 1978 original was the prototypical slasher film, with Michael Myers in his signature white mask terrorizing teenagers as an unknowable, unstoppable force of nature. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 The goal of Ava Winery was to identify what was prototypical about, say, a Sauvignon Blanc and identify the factors responsible for those flavors and aromas. Hannah Goldfield, WSJ, "An Exclusive First Taste of Lab-Made Whiskey," 1 Oct. 2018 This is a prototypical suburban district, and Romney won it by eight, and Clinton won it by seven. Fox News, "President Trump's influence on crucial midterm elections," 29 Aug. 2018 The prototypical example is, everybody gets $1,000 a month. Recode Staff, Recode, "Journalist and author Annie Lowrey wants you to understand that universal basic income isn’t crazy," 16 July 2018 Wagner, who measured 6 feet 11, 245 pounds, is seen as a prototypical big man for the modern NBA. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Moritz Wagner picked by Los Angeles Lakers in NBA draft," 21 June 2018 In picking Mayfield over prototypical NFL prospects Sam Darnold (my choice) and Josh Allen a and over the purest pocket passer in the group, Josh Rosen -- Dorsey has introduced a brand new concept in pro sports. Bud Shaw,, "Browns GM John Dorsey goes high risk and that brings high anxiety -- Bud Shaw," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prototypical

1650, in the meaning defined above

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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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