typ·​i·​cal | \ ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce typical (audio) \

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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typicality \ ˌti-​pə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce typicality (audio) \ noun
typicalness \ ˈti-​pi-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce typicalness (audio) \ 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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In other words, until this week, her results have been typical of what you’d expect from even a great 15-year-old. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Coco Gauff looks like special talent. But no one should try to rush her development," 5 July 2019 The typical routine is this: Hoover dog, dunk bread, eat bread. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The best scarfing methods at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 4 July 2019 Almodóvar’s difficulties at the start of college were typical of foster students, though persevering to earn a diploma set him apart from many of his peers. Rob Waters, The Mercury News, "Graduating from college still a struggle for many California foster youth," 1 July 2019 That light-comic interlude leads nowhere, though, and is typical of the sputtering, underwhelming first half of the movie, which drifts along with lots of tepid comedy and uninvolving action scenes. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Spider-Man: Far from Home Makes a Fun European Vacation," 27 June 2019 Such resistance is typical, but Kowalcyk would be back. Author: Justin Jouvenal, Anchorage Daily News, "No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs," 24 June 2019 On loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the scroll is typical of the compelling power and quality of new works on view in the second Shinto rotation. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Only one more week to seek outstanding second rotation of Japanese artworks in CMA’s big Shinto exhibition," 23 June 2019 Those types of credit equivalences are typical for students who come from the military and have their past training recognized toward degree programs. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "When Argosy U closed, students felt they lost everything. How other schools rushed to help them pick up the pieces.," 23 June 2019 This is typical during the summer months, DeHaan said, when northwest areas switch to a different grade of gasoline. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Which Indiana city has the lowest gas prices? Here's where you can find the cheapest gas," 20 June 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce typical (audio) \

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 How to pronounce typical (audio) \

Medical Definition of typical

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

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