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What does atypical mean?
Atypical is used to describe something that does not conform to the norm or that is irregular, such as an atypical behavior or an atypical action.
Something that is atypical differs in a noticeable way from other items of its kind. An atypical flower might be a flower that glows in the dark (if you discover one, let us know!). An atypical horror film could be one in which the monster tries to be friends with everyone rather than kill them.
Example: These fixtures are atypical of our usual products.
Where does atypical come from?
The first records of the term atypical come from around 1880. It combines the prefix a–, which means “not,” with the word typical, which describes something that is of a particular type. Atypical literally means “not typical.”
You’ll likely find atypical in formal contexts. For example, in psychiatry, atypical depression means that the depression can lift temporarily in reaction to a positive event. Atypical depression itself, however, is pretty common. If your cat suddenly doesn’t want to eat or be petted, your vet might call that atypical behavior and would look for a cause.
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What are some other forms related to atypical?
- atypic (adjective)
- atypicality (noun)
- atypically (adverb)
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How is atypical used in real life?
Atypical is normally used in an analysis of something that doesn’t represent the norm.
Just filed to ESPN: Broncos coach John Fox appealing $30,000 fine _ believes replacement officials contributed to atypical behavior. #nfl
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 28, 2012
Why do the #49ers keep hurting themselves? Very atypical behavior.. #STLvsSF #49ers
— Golden Gate Sports (@goldenbaysports) November 2, 2014
Many synesthetes—people whose senses overlap in an atypical way—report seeing the letter B as blue, zero as white, and one as black.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) August 29, 2016
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How to use atypical in a sentence
The two singers Sunday stretched it well beyond two minutes — not atypical at all nowadays.Mark Cuban had the right idea: It’s time to rethink how we use the national anthem|John Feinstein|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
It is a totally organic failure, and it is not atypical of soft-coat low-e’s.Cloudy double-pane windows are to be expected with time|Jeanne Huber|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
This is one of those atypical trades in that it started out as a retail play, and now institutional types have jumped in.What the markets want for Christmas: for starters, a trillion in stimulus spending|Bernhard Warner|December 18, 2020|Fortune
His experience at the hospital — staying in a multi-room suite while under constant monitoring by medical professionals — was itself atypical.The president embraces coronavirus nihilism|Philip Bump|October 5, 2020|Washington Post
Edge cases, or atypical events, can cause deep-learning systems to stumble because they haven’t been trained to take them into account.Self-driving cars will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a landmark A.I. race|jonathanvanian2015|September 19, 2020|Fortune
The details of his emerging campaign infrastructure are as atypical as the man himself.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the doctor had time to work with Li, he might have seen that his back pain was atypical and detected AS in the first visit.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?|Daniela Drake|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the Church of England, as a Guardian profile outlined, his dynamism was atypical.
I think he's so atypical of what a normal 11-year-old is like.'About a Boy' Star David Walton Is No Hugh Grant, in the Best Way|Kevin Fallon|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“She has a very low back-of-throat tone that not atypical of rock-pop singers,” Purdy says.Is Miley Cyrus a Good Singer? Experts Weigh In|Kevin Fallon|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In atypical or irregular gout we may have a group of inflammations or functional disturbances in any tissue of the body.
It is in this class of atypical gout that hay fever and neurasthenia belong, if they be gouty at all.
Do you think your memory of him is atypical, or would you remember all the enlisted men in that crew approximately the same?Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Where skin lesions are atypical it is well to bear in mind the possibility of this curious condition.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
Cancer is therefore defined as an atypical, epithelial new formation.