typical

adjective
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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While this will take months to sort out, AMD’s approach with an open standard philosophy vs. Nvidia’s closed standard philosophy is actually pretty typical. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly," 9 Jan. 2019 The reportedly surging crowds at some airports are typical during the post-holiday period, which is historically busy, Bilelo said. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "TSA Workers Are Calling Out Sick as the Government Shutdown Rages On," 7 Jan. 2019 Trump’s immediate ability to see Barrett and her family as a presidential photo opportunity is pretty typical, of course. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Amy Coney Barrett Looks Like a Future Trump SCOTUS Pick," 11 July 2018 Each page is lined, but not with the typical notepad style. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "My Favorite Little Notebook Costs $4 And Just Might Change Your Life," 22 Nov. 2018 The typical household spends $197,000 in total for health costs (excluding nursing home care) during retirement years, and some households spend much more, according to a study at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Live in Pa. and don't have your new Medicare card? Call the agency right away," 5 July 2018 Many of them have master’s degrees or doctorates and therefore have higher debt than typical. Rebecca Greenfield, latimes.com, "A retirement perk for millennials who are buried under student debt," 29 June 2018 The majority of gaming displays run at 144Hz, which is considerably faster than the 60Hz of a typical monitor. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 2018 According to the autopsies, roughly half of that group had been misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer’s — their brains didn’t show evidence of the brain lesions typical of the disease. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 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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typical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of typical

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

: happening in the usual way

typical

adjective
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

typical

adjective
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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