portraying a simplified and standardized conception or image, often one that is construed as derogatory:She is frustrated by the shallow and stereotypical roles that she is offered as an Asian actor.The stereotypical environmentalist is a white dude wearing sandals and tie-dye.
- Also ster·e·o·typ·ic [ster-ee-uh-tip-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌstɪər-/ .
- non·ster·e·o·typ·ic, adjective
- non·ster·e·o·typ·i·cal, adjective
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How to use stereotypical in a sentence
I transcend so many stereotypes, but at the same time, I’ve been so many stereotypes.
In other words, the old stereotype that the US invents things and China manufactures them is more out of date than ever.America’s technological leadership is at stake in this election | Gideon Lichfield | October 29, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
“When Amy Coney Barrett used the term ’sexual preference’ in her testimony before the Senate today, she perpetuated the dangerous and false stereotype that being LGBTQ is not a fundamental aspect of identity, but a mere ’preference,’” Minter said.Barrett dodges on same-sex marriage, downplays ties to anti-LGBTQ law firm | Chris Johnson | October 13, 2020 | Washington Blade
Assumptions based on stereotypes are not sexy and have no place on a good date.
It’s also allowed a number of dangerous stereotypes to take root, including something I call “Steve Jobs Syndrome.”
The irony is that communities are protesting stereotyping—as cops respond in stereotypical ways.
In its structure the Mississippi Summer Project defied the stereotypical pattern of racial power in America.The 1964 Miss. Freedom Summer Protests Won Progress At a Bloody Price | Nicolaus Mills | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I did one semester at Boulder, which was more a stereotypical, American collegiate experience.Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill on ‘22 Jump Street,’ Penis Kissing, and Julie Andrews’s Boobs | Kevin Fallon | June 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It looks like a stereotypical convenience store, shelves crowded with garishly packaged junk food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken | Jane & Michael Stern | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Goggins puts it, “pictures about the archetypal not the stereotypical South.”Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain | Allen Barra | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His descriptions of the appearance of Jewish characters are usually unflattering and stereotypical.Nina Balatka | Anthony Trollope
Most of the money did not come from the stereotypical Jewish billionaires.After the Rain | Sam Vaknin