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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Despite not possessing the prototypical size of a powerful midfielder (such as teammate Paul Pogba), Kante is one of the most dominant players in the world at his position. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 But the 6-foot-6 Reed has the size and stroke to be a prototypical 3-and-D guard. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 There’s a good argument that Crabtree is the prototypical player for this column, sitting right at the nexus of being boring and highly productive. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018: The Boring All-Star Team," 10 July 2018 How Kentucky can lose to Middle Tennessee State Sandwiched between rivals Tennessee and Louisville on Kentucky’s schedule, Middle Tennessee represents the prototypical trap game. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Middle Tennessee State," 12 July 2018 Toliver was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and has prototypical size at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds. Dan Wiederer,, "Prince Amukamara 'reaching for the stars' with his 10-interception goal this season," 11 July 2018 At 5 foot 10, Mascherin lacks prototypical height of a NHL forward, but is known mostly for his hard and accurate shot. Matthew Defranks,, "GM Dale Tallon on unsigned draft pick Adam Mascherin: He 'didn’t want to be a Panther'," 20 June 2018 Former Louisville commitment Akeem Hayes looks the part of a prototypical slot receiver, but one of the taller freshmen receivers — Marvin Alexander, Allen Dailey and Bryce Oliver — could contribute as well. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Insider: Which freshmen will play or sit this football season?," 10 July 2018 Charbonnet, at 6-feet-2, 215 pounds, might seem like a prototypical big back. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football getting 'thunder and lightning' with running backs," 8 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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