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 prototypic (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 prototypically (audio) \ adverb

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At 6-foot-9 and 224 pounds, with a 7-foot wingspan, a 37-inch vertical leap, lateral quickness and a knack for timing blocks, Bell has all the makings of a prototypical small-ball center. Connor Letourneau,, "Jordan Bell: Enigmatic big man might be out of chances with Warriors," 26 June 2019 With his tattooed arms and neck and his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame, Hedley doesn’t look like the prototypical punter. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "UM coach Manny Diaz pleased with Hurricanes’ offseason program: ‘It maybe exposed some guys ...'," 11 June 2019 That measurement could have massive implications because NFL teams obsess over prototypes, and the prototypical quarterback is taller than Murray. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Baseball Wants Kyler Murray. But He Wants Football.," 15 Jan. 2019 Engram is a prototypical tight end in the modern game who made a seamless transition to the game as a rookie. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018 Sleepers: Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Eli Manning," 3 July 2018 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

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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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