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 content students get in typical reading classes is often below their grade level. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Emma Lazarus’s poem should lift the lamp of wisdom in America’s classrooms," 13 Sep. 2019 Fitbit says that with typical usage (not using the always-on mode) Versa 2 normally offers an impressive five days battery life before needing to be recharged. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Fitbit Versa 2 Review: With Alexa and an Always-on Display, Fitness Tracking Gets Smarter," 13 Sep. 2019 But the 2-0 Tigers don’t run a typical 6-2 lineup, in which both setters play opposite from each other on every rotation with one always in the front row and the other in the back row. BostonGlobe.com, "Now, as the Tigers shoot for a three-peat, Lanfear steps into the role of a jack-of-all-trades leader for longtime coach," 13 Sep. 2019 The post-El Paso O'Rourke has also appeared unburdened by typical candidate rhetorical expectations. NBC News, "Buttigieg and O'Rourke fight to reinvigorate their presidential campaigns," 12 Sep. 2019 Kakenya first invites us into a family’s cow-dung-and-mud hut filled with choking smoke from typical open-fire cooking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wild time on a Serengeti safari," 11 Sep. 2019 For a typical offense with a righthanded quarterback, the left tackle is the lead pass blocker, charged with protecting the quarterback’s blind side. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA offensive line adjusting to having mobile lefty at QB," 11 Sep. 2019 Instead of wearing your typical suit-and-a-button-up, Bella skipped the shirt all together, letting Rihanna's Floral Lace Bralette stand as a hero piece under an oversized emerald set. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Bella Hadid Wore a $30 Bra As a Shirt for Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Runway Show at New York Fashion Week," 11 Sep. 2019 Once cooked, the chunky lentil puree results in an open structure inside the fritter rather than your typical dense and heavy zucchini pancake. Bon Appétit, "These Zucchini Fritters Stay Super Crispy Thanks to One Ingredient," 11 Sep. 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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