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typical

[ tip-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈtɪp ɪ kəl /
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Definition of typical

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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Origin of typical

First recorded in 1605–15; from Medieval Latin typicālis, equivalent to Late Latin typic(us) (from Greek typikós, equivalent to týp(os) type + -ikos -ic) + Latin -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of typical

typically, 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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