typ·i·cal | \ˈti-pi-kəl \

Definition of typical 

1a : combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group typical suburban houses

b : conforming to a type a specimen typical of the species

2 : constituting or having the nature of a type : symbolic

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Other Words from typical

typicality \ˌti-pə-ˈka-lə-tē \ noun
typicalness \ˈti-pi-kəl-nəs \ noun

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regular, normal, typical, natural mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average. regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern. the club's regular monthly meeting normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected. normal behavior for a two-year-old typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality. a typical small town natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being. the natural love of a mother for her child

Examples of typical in a Sentence

It was his typical response. It was a typical Saturday night for us. We wanted him to have the typical college experience of living on campus.
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Gregory is doing the typical first-day things, like going to the personnel office, said Stephanie Slater, police department spokeswoman. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach's new police chief marks first day on job," 9 July 2018 Especially for first-time long-shot candidates, these spots have flipped the typical path to electoral success. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 Although the notes have obvious markings that aren’t typical of legal tender, the bills are the same size as the real thing and might pass for the real thing at a glance if folded or stacked with other bills. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Despite Chinese markings, fake $100 bills cause a scene at El Dorado Hills intersection," 9 July 2018 This was a typical morning for three veterinarians at the Franklin Park Zoo. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018 Still, the possible deal between American Campus and Disney has raised some concerns among analysts because Disney College isn’t a typical university. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Disney, American Campus in Talks on Housing for Mickey and Donald Trainees," 26 June 2018 His two daughters went away to college and never moved back — a typical pattern for young people from the county. Author: Sabrina Tavernise, Anchorage Daily News, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of U.S. states," 21 June 2018 His two daughters went away to college and never moved back — a typical pattern for young people from the county. Sabrina Tavernise, BostonGlobe.com, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of US states," 20 June 2018 The typical rendering of NAU's mascot is a burly lumberjack clad in yellow and blue. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Rooftop pools? Haunted buildings? 8 Arizona university myths debunked, confirmed," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of typical

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for typical

Late Latin typicalis, from typicus, from Greek typikos, from typos model — more at type entry 1

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The first known use of typical was in 1609

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English Language Learners Definition of typical

: normal for a person, thing, or group : average or usual

: happening in the usual way


typ·i·cal | \ˈti-pi-kəl \

Kids Definition of typical

: combining or showing the special characteristics of a group or kind a typical Sunday dinner

Other Words from typical

typically adverb


typ·i·cal | \ˈtip-i-kəl \

Medical Definition of typical 

: conforming to a type a typical specimen typical symptoms of a disease

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