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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The photos range from the typical (a deer walking down a trail) to the unexpected (a deer licking its lips). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 For the typical Detroit household, making $26,300 a year, this would represent 21% of pre-tax income. The Economist, "Why Detroit is the most expensive city in America to buy car insurance," 5 July 2018 So the median home sales price far exceeds what a typical U.S. household earning a median $57,000 income can manage. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "Why aren't many Americans benefiting from the robust U.S. economy?," 15 June 2018 That modesty is typical of the Chinese food world, where there’s a big difference between the gourmets (culinary scholars who propose recipes) and the cooks (the guys who actually execute those recipes). Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The series of photos of black men, relentlessly probing and curious, is typical of Mann. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 Her county, Madison, northeast of Indianapolis, is typical of many Donnelly-Trump counties. USA TODAY, "'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control," 10 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Such acts of kindness toward players were typical of LaReau, the first athletic trainer for the Spurs after the team moved from Dallas in 1973. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ first trainer looked out for players on, off court," 9 July 2018 There was clearly excitement in the front office after the draft about Graham that was not typical of how the Hornets viewed second-round picks in general over the past few years. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why 'simple' equals special in the new Charlotte Hornets lexicon," 8 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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