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neuro- +‎ typical.


neurotypical (comparative more neurotypical, superlative most neurotypical)

  1. Having a normal (usual, ordinary) way of processing sensory, linguistic, and social information; used especially to contrast with autistic.
    • 2001, Brenda Smith Myles, Diane Adreon, Jennifer Stella, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence (page 17)
      Nancy, a high school student, saw herself as being helpful when she told Maureen, a neurotypical peer, that the horizontal lines on her shirt made her look fat.
    • 2006, Alan Griswold, Autistic Symphony
      If our definition of empathy were to require we take the human cognitive norm (overwhelmingly influenced by neurotypical cognition) as the absolute standard by which to measure empathy, then indeed we would have to conclude autistics do not instinctively possess a good sense of empathy.




neurotypical (plural neurotypicals)

  1. One who is neurotypical; one who is not autistic, schizophrenic etc.
    • 2013 February 21, Matt Lucas as Toby, “Conventions of Space and Time”, in Community (Television), season 4, episode 3:
      Well, let's face it, neurotypicals don't have the same focus you or I have. They always get distracted, by marriage, kids, competitive cooking shows.

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