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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Recent Examples on the Web The company, the prototypical stay-at-home stock, is on a tear, up 48.8% in the past year. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets surge ahead of today’s big jobs report," 2 July 2020 And while former service members have long been hailed as prototypical cops, the available data disagrees. Jasper Craven, The New Republic, "The Police’s “Sheepdog” Problem," 11 June 2020 Hurts isn’t a prototypical big, physical pocket passer. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Jalen Hurts' NFL future hinges on fit and his development as a passer, and he's fine with that," 24 Jan. 2020 Emily Atkin, who left The New Republic to start HEATED, a climate newsletter, is in some ways the prototypical Substack newsletter writer and has built a hugely successful following in a manner of months. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Email the Future of Journalism?," 25 May 2020 Wilma Williams fits the profile of a prototypical target. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "She needed a will. A lawyer named himself the main heir to her $1.7 million estate.," 3 May 2020 Despite not having a prototypical center on the roster, no one over 6-foot-7 who played in that game, the Rockets won. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Inside Cleveland Cavaliers’ trade for Andre Drummond, a player they’ve coveted for a while and consider a ‘long-term play’," 7 Feb. 2020 The six-time All-Star catcher, who turns 33 in March, had a down year coming off hip surgery and started just three games at first base, where his recent numbers aren’t exactly prototypical for the position. John Shea,, "Trading first baseman Brandon Belt could make sense for Giants," 11 Nov. 2019 Brown is a prototypical alpha player and to maximize potential, the offense likely needs to flow through him. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ Shaka Smart using lessons from ‘The Last Dance’ to motivate team," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of prototypical

1650, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Prototypical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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