ty·​pol·​o·​gy | \ tī-ˈpä-lə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio) \
plural typologies

Definition of typology

1 : study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories
2 : a doctrine of theological types especially : one holding that things in Christian belief are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament

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typologist \ tī-​ˈpä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce typologist (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web The term was coined a decade ago by user experience designer Harry Brignull, who created a typology of dark patterns, many of which prey upon humanity’s psychological weaknesses. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "The Subtle Tricks Shopping Sites Use to Make You Spend More," 6 Aug. 2020 Small restaurants will likely move from the boy in the bubble idea to a shifted typology of curated market and takeaway. Sunset Magazine, "17 Ways to Design a Covid-Safe Restaurant," 6 Aug. 2020 In Melancholia, the sisters’ typologies change at surface level. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "The Melancholia Postulate," 9 May 2020 At the heart of the book is FitzGerald’s compelling typology of offshore border strategies in use today. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 With its wide-ranging empirical coverage, its lucid, detailed mapping of complicated policies, and its analytically useful typologies, Refuge Beyond Reach is itself a major contribution to this effort. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 This is how the adventure began, looking for what would be the ideal typology for a spacious food hall in Manhattan. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Last fall, the Pew Research Center released one of its periodic typologies of the American electorate, identifying the demographic and ideological fissures both within and between the two parties. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018 Each averages more than a million views plus a slew of comments, which the researchers coded into various categories based on an existing typology of attitudes towards animals. Jessica Leigh Hester, WIRED, "What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of typology

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Typology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typology. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of typology

formal : a system used for putting things into groups according to how they are similar : the study of how things can be divided into different types


ty·​pol·​o·​gy | \ tī-ˈpäl-ə-jē How to pronounce typology (audio) \
plural typologies

Medical Definition of typology

: study of or study based on types especially : classification (as of personality, human physique, or bacterial strains) based on the comparative study of types

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typological \ ˌtī-​pə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce typological (audio) \ adjective

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