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typical

[ tip-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈtɪp ɪ kəl /
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adjective

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.

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typhon, typhonic, typhoon, typhus, typhus vaccine, typical, typically, typicon, typify, typing, typing element
Sometimes typ·ic.

Origin of typical

1605–15; < Medieval Latin typicālis, equivalent to Late Latin typic(us) (< Greek typikós, equivalent to týp(os) type + -ikos -ic) + Latin -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for non-typical

  • Difference between typical and non-typical parts transient, 501.

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  • That sort of "reverence" is bound to obliterate all the peculiarities of the particular, non-typical composition.

    Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann

British Dictionary definitions for non-typical

typical

/ (ˈtɪpɪkəl) /

adjective

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
Also (poetic): typic
Derived Formstypically, adverbtypicalness or typicality, noun

Word Origin for typical

C17: from Medieval Latin typicālis, from Late Latin typicus figurative, from Greek tupikos, from tupos type
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Word Origin and History for non-typical

typical


adj.

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.

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