typical

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From Late Latin typicalis, from Latin typicus (typical), from Ancient Greek τυπικός (tupikos, of or pertaining to a type, conformable, typical), from τύπος (tupos, mark, impression, type); see typic and -al, and type.

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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, 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.

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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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