Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category: a typical suburban community.
  • adj. Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
  • adj. Conforming to a type: a composition typical of the baroque period.
  • adj. Of the nature of, constituting, or serving as a type; emblematic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capturing the overall sense of a thing.
  • adj. Characteristically representing something by form, group, idea or type.
  • adj. Normal, average; to be expected.
  • n. Anything that is typical, normal, or standard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a type; representing something by a form, model, or resemblance; emblematic; prefigurative.
  • adj. Combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a significant or symbolic type; serving as an index or a symbol of something past, present, or to come; representative; emblematic; illustrative. The description is, as sorted test to the apprehension of those times, typicall and shadowie.
  • Constituting or conforming to a type or pattern; representative in kind or quality; serving as a characteristic example of a group or an aggregate: as, a typical animal, plant, species, or genus; a typical building; typical conduct. Also typal. Compare attypical, etypical, subtypical.
  • Of or pertaining to a type or types; significantly characteristic or illustrative; indicative; connotative: as, a typical example or specimen; typical markings, colors, or limbs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
  • adj. conforming to a type
  • adj. exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

Etymologies

Late Latin typicālis, from typicus, from Greek tupikos, from tupos, impression.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin typicalis, from Latin typicus ("typical"), from Ancient Greek τυπικός ("of or pertaining to a type, conformable, typical"), from τύπος (tupos, "mark, impression, type"); see typic and -al, and type. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Standard herb guides tend to be quite detailed and eclectic, because they are geared to people who have the time and space to grow, dry, and prepare their own remedies, and are able to decode the jargon typical of old-fashioned herbals.

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  • He was born in 1926 into what he called a "typical Midwestern, Methodist home with a lot of repression."

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  • “She is what you call a typical teenager,” says Grandma Nader.

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  • Michael Exstein of the Credit Suisse unit of Credit Suisse Group, the top analyst in the group, got ahead of the curve by tracking what he calls the typical cycle of the industry -- generally, after two or three years of growth, a company's capital spending often starts rising rapidly.

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  • From her fan fiction days, Motta has taken pride in not being what she calls a typical Hanson fan.

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  • I'm curious to know if your panel believes that since this tragedy occurred, if Mr. Horowitz acted like what they call a typical grieving husband?

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  • Genung, in the "Practical Elements of Rhetoric," presents what he calls a typical form for a paragraph.

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  • He surveyed the history of a people as a series of what he called typical periods, each of which is marked by

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  • CBCHe's upset that a local hire took his call, instead of a Canadian, because he feels he got what he described as a typical Middle Eastern brush-off.

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  • But then it became apparent he was what we call a typical 'care kid' - even though he hadn't been in care.

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