stereotypical

adjective
ste·​reo·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce stereotypical (audio) \

Definition of stereotypical

1 or less commonly stereotypic \ ˌster-​ē-​ə-​ˈti-​pik How to pronounce stereotypic (audio) \ : conforming to a fixed or general pattern or type especially when of an oversimplified or prejudiced nature : of, relating to, or constituting a stereotype Charlie Stuart represents a new breed of motorcyclists who are erasing the stereotypical black-leather-jacket, tough-guy image that plagued motorcyclists since the violent Hollywood productions of the Fifties.— Sue Browder His book concedes that progress has been made in a sheerly numerical sense, but it argues that overall the black presence on television has been an endless recycling of a passel of injuriously stereotypical images.— John McWhorter
2 or stereotypic : of, relating to, or marked by stereotypy
a medical : characterized by frequent repetition of the same, typically purposeless movement, gesture, posture, or vocal sound or utterance Other stereotypical behaviors such as hand flapping and chewing on clothing or objects may be connected to sensory processing problems or anxiety.— Cori Urban … periodic leg movements during sleep, commonly known as nocturnal myoclonus—rapid, stereotypic, and periodic flexion of the legs and feet associated with repeated awakenings throughout the night.— Patricia N. Prinz et al.
b veterinary medicine : characterized by abnormal repetitive behavior Many animals cope with unstimulating or small environments through stereotypic behavior … such as pacing, bar biting … .— Laura Smith

Other Words from stereotypical

stereotypically \ ˌster-​ē-​ə-​ˈti-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stereotypically (audio) \ adverb
She wanted her staff to work together and get along. So on a hot July night, Katharine Graham did a stereotypically female thing: She threw a party. — Judith M. Havemann

First Known Use of stereotypical

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stereotypical

adjective
ste·​reo·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌster-ē-ə-ˈti-pi-kəl\

Kids Definition of stereotypical

: based on or characteristic of a stereotype a stereotypical sports fan

Other Words from stereotypical

stereotypically \ -​pi-​kə-​lē \ adverb

stereotypical

adjective
ste·​reo·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌster-ē-ə-ˈtip-i-kəl How to pronounce stereotypical (audio) \
variants: or stereotypic \ -​ik How to pronounce stereotypic (audio) \

Medical Definition of stereotypical

: of, relating to, or marked by stereotypy:
a : characterized by frequent repetition of the same, typically purposeless movement, gesture, posture, or vocal sound or utterance Other stereotypical behaviors such as hand flapping and chewing on clothing or objects may be connected to sensory processing problems or anxiety.— Cori Urban … periodic leg movements during sleep, commonly known as nocturnal myoclonus—rapid, stereotypic, and periodic flexion of the legs and feet associated with repeated awakenings throughout the night.— Patricia N. Prinz et al.
b veterinary medicine : characterized by abnormal repetitive behavior Many animals cope with unstimulating or small environments through stereotypic behavior … such as pacing, bar biting, and Gus' figure-eight swimming.— Laura Smith

Other Words from stereotypical

stereotypically \ ˌster-​ē-​ə-​ˈtip-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stereotypically (audio) \ adverb

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