- the original or model on which something is based or formed.
- someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; model; exemplar: She is the prototype of a student activist.
- something analogous to another thing of a later period: a Renaissance prototype of our modern public housing.
- Biology. an archetype; a primitive form regarded as the basis of a group.
- to create the prototype or an experimental model of: to prototype a solar-power car.
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Examples from the Web for prototypical
Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on That Girl, wants you to be yourself.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath
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They were almost the prototypical Republican voters: Older, white, professional, and highly civically engaged.At the Values Voter Summit, It’s YOLO Conservatism
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Here we meet a prototypical Balzac character: the gifted, flawed, striving provincial Eugène de Rastignac.Happy Birthday, Balzac: The Essential Novels
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Her daughter, my grandmother, was a prototypical 50s housewife and a woman of amazing talents.It’s Time for the Pro-Choice Community to Embrace the Word Abortion
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The prototypical example of this is the U.S. posture along the DMZ between South Korea and North Korea.Turkey: Let NATO Protect You!
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Under the expectations of literacy, a prototypical family life was to be expected from all.
As the prototypical example of land-art, this lattice of lightning rods covers an area of one mile by one kilometer.
There is a prototypical plan, an ideal pattern, which imposes a precise position upon each atom of the tissue.Social Life in the Insect World
J. H. Fabre
- one of the first units manufactured of a product, which is tested so that the design can be changed if necessary before the product is manufactured commercially
- a person or thing that serves as an example of a type
- biology the ancestral or primitive form of a species or other group; an archetype
Word Origin and History for prototypical
c.1600, from French prototype (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prototypus "original, primitive," from Greek prototypon "a first or primitive form," noun use of neuter singular of prototypos "original, primitive," from protos "first" (see proto-) + typos "impression, mold, pattern" (see type (n.)). In English from 1590s as prototypon.
- A primitive or ancestral form or species.