What does typical mean?

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ˈtɪp ɪ kəltyp·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. typicaladjective

    exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

    "a typical American girl"; "a typical suburban community"; "the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year"; "a painting typical of the Impressionist school"; "a typical romantic poem"; "a typical case of arteritis"

  2. distinctive, typicaladjective

    of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing

    "Jerusalem has a distinctive Middle East flavor"- Curtis Wilkie; "that is typical of you!"

  3. typicaladjective

    conforming to a type

    "the typical (or normal) American"; "typical teenage behavior"


  1. typicaladjective

    Capturing the overall sense of a thing

  2. typicaladjective

    characteristically representing something by form or type

  3. typicaladjective


  4. Etymology: From typicalis, from typicus, from τυπικός, from τύπος; see typic and -al, and type.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Typick, Typicalnoun

    Emblematical; figurative of something else.

    Etymology: typique, Fr. typicus, Lat.

    The Levitical priesthood was only typical of the christian; which is so much more holy and honourable than that, as the institution of Christ is more excellent than that of Moses. Francis Atterbury.

    Hence that many coursers ran,
    Hand-in-hand, a goodly train,
    To bless the great Eliza’s reign;
    And in the typic glory show
    What fuller bliss Maria shall bestow. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Typicaladjective

    of the nature of a type; representing something by a form, model, or resemblance; emblematic; prefigurative

  2. Typicaladjective

    combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group; as, a typical genus


  1. Typical

    Typical is a live album by Peter Hammill, recorded in 1992 and released in 1999. It is a double CD and was released on Hammill's own Fie! label. The album was recorded at nine concerts in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.


  1. Typical

    the normal or usual form of a species; agreeing with the type form.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'typical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2131

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'typical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2696

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'typical' in Adjectives Frequency: #280

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of typical in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of typical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of typical in a Sentence

  1. Joshua Schaffzin:

    We can't say for sure whether the unmasking and people wanting to spend time with each other is causing more of an increase, but we're certainly seeing a lot more infections and for RSV, not at the typical time of year.

  2. The Daily Beast:

    Conservatives criticize such programs as fueling substance abuse. But activists and many public health experts say these sorts of programs provide a significant degree of safety and support to vulnerable people, while HHS declined to specify any elements of smoking kits that may qualify, non-governmental organization Harm Reduction International lists some typical items, including brass screen filters, rubber mouthpieces to limit burning, lip balm, and disinfectant wipes.

  3. Colin Powell:

    In Virginia, you don't have to declare a party ... but I'm still a Republican because I believe in a strong defense, because I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit that is so typical of the Republican Party in the past. But I'm having difficulty with the party now.

  4. Lee Hardman:

    It's been the typical kneejerk reaction to additional stimulus in China, that should just be temporary. So far the stimulus has had relatively little impact in terms of preventing the slowdown in China. We think there is more pressure on the Aussie to come.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Love is meant to be reciprocated. But if the reverse is the case, dare to love anyway. Now that demands, you've got to love even those that refused to show love to you or rather you are expected to love those that often take your love for granted. Yes of course, you should love everyone. After all, God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for you and he eventually died for you even when you were still a sinner. Oh! yes, that is a typical example of true love. And I guess, that is worth emulating, isn't it? -Emeasoba George

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. dangerous
    • B. handsome
    • C. nasty
    • D. sought

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