SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN 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.
typ·ic. Origin of typical 1605–15;
Medieval Latin typicālis,
Late Latin typic(us
Latin -ālis -al 1 Related forms typ·i·cal·ly, adverb typ·i·cal·ness, typ·i·cal·i·ty, noun non·typ·i·cal, adjective non·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb non·typ·i·cal·ness, noun qua·si-typ·i·cal, adjective qua·si-typ·i·cal·ly, adverb un·typ·i·cal, adjective un·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for typicalness adjective being or serving as a representative example of a particular type; characteristic the painting is a typical Rembrandt considered to be an example of some undesirable trait that 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 group a typical species of a genus
typic Derived Forms typically, adverb typicalness 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 typicalness 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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