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[ ey-tip-i-kuhl ]


  1. not typical; not conforming to the type; irregular; abnormal:

    atypical behavior; a flower atypical of the species.


/ eɪˈtɪpɪkəl /


  1. not typical; deviating from or not conforming to type

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Derived Forms

  • aˈtypically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • atyp·i·cali·ty noun
  • a·typi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of atypical1

First recorded in 1880–85; a- 6 + typical

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Example Sentences

The two singers Sunday stretched it well beyond two minutes — not atypical at all nowadays.

It is a totally organic failure, and it is not atypical of soft-coat low-e’s.

This is one of those atypical trades in that it started out as a retail play, and now institutional types have jumped in.

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His experience at the hospital — staying in a multi-room suite while under constant monitoring by medical professionals — was itself atypical.

Edge cases, or atypical events, can cause deep-learning systems to stumble because they haven’t been trained to take them into account.

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The details of his emerging campaign infrastructure are as atypical as the man himself.

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.

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.

“She has a very low back-of-throat tone that not atypical of rock-pop singers,” Purdy says.

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?

Where skin lesions are atypical it is well to bear in mind the possibility of this curious condition.

Cancer is therefore defined as an atypical, epithelial new formation.


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More About Atypical

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.



Try using atypical!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for atypical?

A. nonconforming
B. abnormal
C. odd
D. common




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