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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Other Words from typical

typicality \ ˌti-​pə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce typical (audio) \ noun
typicalness \ ˈti-​pi-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce typical (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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Recent Examples on the Web According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state saw 1,116 new covid-19 cases, which is about typical for Sunday report. Ashton Eley, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 And as the pandemic continues to rage, conventions and meetings have not returned en masse as is typical at this time of year. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Sep. 2021 Draw weights of 50 pounds and up are more typical, though modern compound bows allow the draw to be made far more easily than with conventional long bows, and to be held with far less strain. Frank Sargeant, al, 12 Sep. 2021 Jackson, 41, talks about his typical Day in the Life of working around the famous faces in the Fall issue of PEOPLE Royals, out September 10. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The group, who call themselves the Monsters, are having a typical day out in the forest when an argument over smoking sparks a wildfire that destroys their town. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 3 Sep. 2021 This chowder goes a long way to keeping your fridge from being overly filled and will warm you up on a typical foggy day in San Francisco. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 Beyond walking the sea wall, a typical day for Nickel might include relaxing on the beach, followed by dinner and a night on the town with her sisters, both of whom have property in town. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 But the campaign has also revealed a charisma vacuum that is at once typical of postwar German politics and exceptional for just how bland Merkel’s two most likely successors are. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typical. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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