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

Choose the Right Synonym for typical

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 use of a single not-typical story was an example of what’s going on everyday, under our feet. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Reagan used her, the country hated her. Decades later, the Welfare Queen of Chicago refuses to go away," 7 June 2019 Seiden’s response is typical of what many in the law enforcement communities have expressed. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Former school cop Scot Peterson: He’s been called a coward, but is that a crime?," 7 June 2019 To the displeasure of many lawmakers, Lamont has been pushing to significantly scale back state borrowing to $1.3 billion a year from the $2 billion a year that was typical in the final term of his predecessor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Ct Mirror, courant.com, "How much should the state put on its credit card? Legislators push debate into special session.," 6 June 2019 Our business and first-class suites have all the hallmarks of a typical Airbnb house with comfortable beds, movies, quality cooked meals and experienced, friendly hosts. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Could Score First-Class Airline Tickets On Airbnb For Just $20," 24 May 2019 The special cloth skin allows this air into the bag, but not out of it, except through the typical vents found in powered airbags to release pressure as the occupant impacts the bag. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "An Airbag for the Back Seat? Mercedes-Benz Is Developing a Clever One," 22 May 2019 Her typical restaurant order also includes seafood — plus fries. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Daily Diet Looks Ridiculously Delicious and Healthy," 22 May 2019 So in the future, EVAs could become an emergency measure rather than typical maintenance. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Are We Reaching the End of Spacewalks?," 21 May 2019 Tulley also prioritized storage for a quiet and calm San Francisco kitchen, a key tool for maintaining a minimalist living space while meeting realistic functionality concerns for the typical homeowner or family. Samantha Myers | Dering Hall, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Minimalist Design," 17 May 2019

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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 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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