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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Recent Examples on the Web Bade's trajectory from a magistrate judge to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is not typical, Tobias said. Jose-ignacio Castaneda Perez, The Arizona Republic, "Who is Bridget Bade, the Phoenix native on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court picks?," 12 Sep. 2020 If the couple seems especially busy or overwhelmed with the planning—as was typical, even before a global pandemic—reaching out to another member of the wedding party is an option. Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg.com, "How to Attend a Wedding (or Not) During a Pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 Biko says his situation isn’t typical for the majority of servers though, especially those outside of fine dining restaurants where large tips are hard to come by. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Is it time to reconsider America’s restaurant tipping system?," 8 Sep. 2020 Each panel was also extremely vertical, inverting the film-like shape that is typical in Lertsachanant’s animation work. Alex K. Fong, SFChronicle.com, "Anatomy of the covers: The story of the Throughline’s cover illustrations," 6 Sep. 2020 In Chalmette on Friday, a count of about 30 nurdles was typical inside the Loyola scientists’ sampling frame. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Nurdle spill cleanup is 'too little, too late' as plastic pellets continue to spread, gather in drifts," 5 Sep. 2020 In the trials, Facebook is using an open-air headphone design, which is typical for audio presence demos. Popular Science, "Facebook is working on AR glasses that could change the way we hear," 5 Sep. 2020 The deadline is typical, but the decisions are not. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Cutdown is Vikings' moment of truth for evaluation methods," 4 Sep. 2020 The crowd was typical for a Trinity home game and the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex was teeming with activity at kickoff with two Pop Warner youth-league teams still practicing on two adjacent fields. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Deltona Trinity rallies for 14-2 football win against Seven Rivers," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Typical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typical. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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