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 The study participants also lived no longer overall than those receiving the typical schedule of the drugs. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "On-off dosing of cancer drugs does not help melanoma patients," 27 Apr. 2020 The formal requests aren’t publicly debated the way typical drug applications are. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Why was an unknown federal bureaucrat involved in Trump’s emergency hydroxychloroquine authorization?," 24 Apr. 2020 But on April 21, Siwa said a brief goodbye to her typical look, and instead decided to give her fans on TikTok a little treat, showing them what her hair actually looks like when it's not swept up into a bow-laden pony. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "JoJo Siwa Just Filmed a TikTok Video Without Her Signature Ponytail," 24 Apr. 2020 To save steps, Ben wanted the island close to the range, so the aisle is only 32 inches wide, rather than the typical 42 inches. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, "Relaxing Shades of Blue Update This 1916 Home for an Atlanta Restaurant Duo," 24 Apr. 2020 The ladies who lunch are what the typical shopper may have been. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Neiman Marcus may file for bankruptcy, but either way, it needs to get slimmer," 24 Apr. 2020 Steve Mirsky Steve Mirsky has been writing the Anti Gravity column since a typical tectonic plate was about 36 inches from its current location. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Why Exercise Is So Good For You," 24 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, Wighton decided to optimize the hoop for your typical, average arced shot, rather than line drives, which take a straight path to the hoop. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Engineer's Never-Miss Basketball Hoop Will Make Anyone Look Like Jordan," 22 Apr. 2020 Based on the Lois Lowry book of the same name, The Willoughys introduces a not-so-typical family. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Why Netflix's The Willoughbys are the perfect quarantine companions," 22 Apr. 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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29 Apr 2020

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“Typical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typical. Accessed 25 May. 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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