- of the nature of or serving as a type or representative specimen.
- conforming to a particular type.
- Biology. exemplifying most nearly the essential characteristics of a higher group in natural history, and forming the type: the typical genus of a family.
- characteristic or distinctive: He has the mannerisms typical of his class.
- pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as a type or emblem; symbolic.
Origin of typical
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Examples from the Web for untypical
It is true that he was as untypical as Poe of the average citizen of "these states."The American Spirit in Literature,
It would be absurd to dismiss it as an excrescence, and untypical of the American mind.A Book of Prefaces
H. L. Mencken
That is why his press is so untypical; it gives the impression that he does waste breath.
Sssuri had been cool enough to note that while the human hunter had been only bewildered by the untypical actions of his quarry.Star Born
The presence of masturbation in this case renders it untypical as a case of exhibitionism.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)
- not representative or characteristic of a particular type, person, etc
- being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristicthe painting is a typical Rembrandt
- considered to be an example of some undesirable traitthat is typical of you!
- of or relating to a representative specimen or type
- conforming to a type
- biology having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic groupa typical species of a genus
Word Origin and History for untypical
c.1600, "symbolic, emblematic," from Medieval Latin typicalis "symbolic," from Late Latin typicus "of or pertaining to a type," from Greek typikos, from typos "impression" (see type (n.)). Sense of "characteristic" is first recorded 1850. Related: Typically.