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[ey-tip-i-kuh l]
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  1. not typical; not conforming to the type; irregular; abnormal: atypical behavior; a flower atypical of the species.
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Also a·typ·ic.

Origin of atypical

First recorded in 1880–85; a-6 + typical
Related formsa·typ·i·cal·i·ty, nouna·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for atypical

anomalous, unnatural, abnormal, strange, odd, peculiar, divergent, aberrant, deviant, different, exceptional, irregular, preternatural, heteroclite, unrepresentative

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British Dictionary definitions for atypical


  1. not typical; deviating from or not conforming to type
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Derived Formsatypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for atypical


1847, from a- (2) "not" + typical. Related: Atypically.

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atypical in Medicine


  1. Not corresponding to the normal form or type; not typical.
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Related formsa•typi•cal•ly adv.
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