- 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.
Origin of typical
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Examples from the Web for typically
Yes, we do typically do better than Europe (and Canada, too, which is frequently awful on this score).How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
But in more middle-class and working-class neighborhoods, sessions are typically a fourth of that price.
Dance instructors run a lucrative trade offering private lessons to couples before their wedding receptions, typically the tango.
Typically, aircraft will work in pairs where the flight lead will make an initial pass to mark a target with rockets.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
A courage, moreover —the gambler's courage—that is typically American.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She was indeed a Pritchard, though not so typically so as she had anticipated.Elsie Marley, Honey
This is the sort of idea that we are apt to think of as typically modern.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
A conference is the most typically English thing that there is.
The other enthusiastic friend was typically Irish in temperament.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- 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
Word Origin and History for typically
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.