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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a prototype; prototypical

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as prototypal.

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

  • adj. representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned


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  • This kind of prototypic detail would fit most people, including me, and hence be scientifically useless—even if Susy happened to be witnessing me doing these daily activities.

    The Sacred Promise

  • The meditation and prayer were unremarkable; he showed a prototypic eyes-closed relaxed brain, with evidence of lower frequencies—theta and delta—in the frontal regions of the brain.

    The Sacred Promise

  • Yesterday in fact, Connie, (not her real name for obvious reasons), was complaining that there doesn't seem to be any one book that single handedly deals with the prototypic New York City, or 'Urban Woman' looking for tips on mating.

    Donna Fish: A 'Girl's Guide' to Dating and Mating

  • Why are Wes Hardin and General McAlester such prototypic figures for Hack?

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • The food was good and the waitresses prototypic of the waitresses in good coffee shops everywhere: tough and quick.


  • In this framing, prototypic Hummer critics (environmentalists and intellectual elitists) are portrayed as being hypocritical and as subtly undermining the unity that enables the nation to stand strong against external threats. ...

    Bill Chameides: Don't Hummer Me In

  • The cerrado is a vegetation formation of great antiquity, that may have existed in "prototypic form in the Cretaceous, before the final separation of the South American and African continents."

    Chris McGowan: Biofuel Could Eat Brazil's Savannas & Deforest the Amazon

  • And almost as often we find a series of prototypic versions by different workers who borrow from each other, with the device or method improving gradually in effectiveness from crude beginnings as improved subtechnologies are found.

    The Nature of Technology

  • That same Pat Buchanan was called out by William Buckley as a prototypic anti-semite in an issue of the National Review largely given over to that subject.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Bringing Communist Human Rights Violators to Justice:

  • As a scientist, Barbara was a prototypic non-careerist.

    In Memoriam - Barbara McClintock


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