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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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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Almost a sketch, the story achieves a brief, uncanny completeness, which proves typical of the nearly fifty more (very) short stories in the collection. Scott Cheshire, latimes.com, "Sara Gallardo's work has finally been published in English. It's about time," 6 July 2018 This year the total cost of insurance for the typical family of four eclipsed $28,000, according to the Milliman Medical Index. Joel Klein, WSJ, "The IRS Can Save American Health Care," 1 July 2018 While Chicago’s parade has a reputation for its wild costumes (or sometimes the lack thereof), Aurora’s had more of a family feel typical of other parades in the suburbs. Susan Keaton, Naperville Sun, "Keaton: Pride Parade was a glorious experience – why not bring it to Naperville?," 28 June 2018 Hoare's winning time, 3 minutes, 44.77 seconds, was slow by the standards of college running, but typical of championship races, where a sit-and-kick strategy usually prevails. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Wisconsin's Oliver Hoare wins physical men's 1,500 at NCAA track championships; Oregon's Sam Prakel is 6th," 8 June 2018 The total costs for a typical family of four insured by the most common health plan offered by employers will average $28,166 this year, according to the annual Milliman Medical Index. Guy Boulton, USA TODAY, "You'll be shocked at the price of health care for a family of four," 6 June 2018 Brush with fame The Goerkes might sound like a typical American family, but being the child of an inventor definitely had its perks. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What life is like when your father is the 'Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs,' Waukesha native Donald Goerke," 6 June 2018 Al-Shaer comes from a typical Gaza family where those who are able to leave seek their fortunes abroad. Fares Akram, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Gazans, an open border crossing still presents barriers," 25 May 2018 But his growing disaffection for low-wage work makes him typical of his generation’s young men. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Spirit of the Strip Mall," 24 May 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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