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From Late Latin typicalis, from Latin typicus (typical), from Ancient Greek τυπικός (tupikós, of or pertaining to a type, conformable, typical), from τύπος (túpos, mark, impression, type), equivalent to typic +‎ -al and type +‎ -ical.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɪp.ɪk.əl/
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  • Hyphenation: typ‧i‧cal


typical (comparative more typical, superlative most typical)

  1. Capturing the overall sense of a thing.
  2. Characteristically representing something by form, group, idea or type.
  3. Normal, average; to be expected.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      One typical Grecian kiln engorged one thousand muleloads of juniper wood in a single burn. Fifty such kilns would devour six thousand metric tons of trees and brush annually.
  4. (taxonomy) Of a lower taxon, containing the type of the higher taxon.
    • 2013 September 9, Raymond G. Gagné, John C. Moser, “The North American gall midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) of hackberries (Cannabaceae: Celtis spp.)”, in Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, volume 49:
      Celticecis species are definitely known only from the typical subgenus of Celtis, distributed through much of the Holarctic Region.



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typical (plural typicals)

  1. Anything that is typical, normal, or standard.
    Antipsychotic drugs can be divided into typicals and atypicals.
    Among the moths, typicals were more common than melanics.

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