Typical meaning

tĭp'ĭ-kəl
The definition of typical is a characteristic or behavior that is normal and expected for a given person or thing or in a given situation.

An example of something that would be described as typical is your typical boring day at work where you do the same things you do every other day.

An example of something that would be described as typical is a characteristic that you'd expect, such as a dog having fur.

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Of or belonging to a type or representative example; characteristic.
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Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
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Capturing the overall sense of a thing.
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Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category.

A typical suburban community.

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Normal, average; to be expected.
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Conforming to a type.

A composition typical of the baroque period.

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Of the nature of, constituting, or serving as a type; emblematic.
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Conforming with what usually happens.

The bus is late again? That's so typical!

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Serving as a type; symbolic.
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Having or showing the characteristics, qualities, etc. of a kind, class, or group so fully as to be a representative example.
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Relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
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Anything that is typical, normal, or standard.

Antipsychotic drugs can be divided into typicals and atypicals.

Among the moths, typicals were more common than melanics.

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Characteristically representing something by form, group, idea or type.
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Origin of typical

  • Late Latin typicālis from typicus from Greek tupikos from tupos impression
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Late Latin typicalis, from Latin typicus (“typical"), from Ancient Greek τυπικός (tupikos, “of or pertaining to a type, conformable, typical"), from τύπος (tupos, “mark, impression, type"); see typic and -al, and type.
    From Wiktionary