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.

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
Related formstyp·i·cal·ly, adverbtyp·i·cal·ness, typ·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·typ·i·cal, adjectivenon·typ·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·typ·i·cal·ness, nounqua·si-typ·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-typ·i·cal·ly, adverbun·typ·i·cal, adjectiveun·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for typical

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Historical Examples of typical

  • The fate of the ancestor had been typical of that of his descendants.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • In the lives of great men the typical tragedies are likely to repeat themselves.

  • It was not the typical fur town of the Far North, but it lay at the threshold.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Edith Longworth could hardly be said to be a typical representative of the English girl.

  • They have been largely copied as typical examples of American humour.

British Dictionary definitions for typical



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 typical

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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