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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stereotyped, stereotypic, stereotypical, unimaginativeadjective

    lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality

    "stereotyped phrases of condolence"; "even his profanity was unimaginative"


  1. stereotypicaladjective

    Pertaining to a stereotype; conventional

  2. stereotypicaladjective

    banal, commonplace and clichéd because of overuse


  1. stereotypical

    In social psychology, a stereotype is a generalized belief about a particular category of people. It is an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. The type of expectation can vary; it can be, for example, an expectation about the group's personality, preferences, appearance or ability. Stereotypes are sometimes overgeneralized, inaccurate, and resistant to new information, but can sometimes be accurate.While such generalizations about groups of people may be useful when making quick decisions, they may be erroneous when applied to particular individuals and are among the reasons for prejudicial attitudes.


  1. stereotypical

    Stereotypical refers to simplistic, fixed, and generalized ideas or perceptions that people hold about specific individuals, groups, cultures or societies, often without personal knowledge or experience. These assumptions are often based on biases, misconceptions or prejudices, which can reinforce harmful stereotypes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereotypical in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stereotypical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stereotypical in a Sentence

  1. Akitomo Inagaki:

    We don't see ourselves as a stereotypical trading company.

  2. Matthew Oware:

    There's still that general sentiment that this type of rapper, a gay, male rapper, isn't representative of masculinity, what Lil Nas X is doing by upping the ante is no different than what we see a stereotypical, heterosexual rapper do by upping the ante in Lil Nas X lyrics.

  3. Bill Rausch:

    6 Certified encourages content creators to present a normalized and asset-focused view of our nation’s returning service members, striking down the negative, stereotypical, or extreme depictions of veterans as either ‘ charity cases ’ or ‘ heroes, ’ studios, producers and other content creators that successfully complete certification earn a 6 Certified badge that they can display during a given film or television series ’ end credits.

  4. Loren Anthony:

    We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche.

  5. Nicole Mandeville:

    It really provides children with a greater opportunity for exploring and creativity, children just do better outside, too : I see fewer behavioral issues and fewer injuries than I would see on a stereotypical playground at a school.

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