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  • adjective Pertaining to a stereotype; conventional
  • adjective banal, commonplace and clichéd because of overuse

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  • adjective lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality


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From stereotype +‎ -ical, derived from French stéréotype.


  • The official denounced what he calls the stereotypical apocalyptical pictures Western media construct of Nigeria and Africa.

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  • U.S. television shows for adults, as well, have far too often portrayed scientists in stereotypical ways.


  • Also, I think stereotypical is probably unnecessary and “every” should be “ever.”

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  • I am picturing Pablo and his dad dressed in stereotypical Mexcian garb (sombreros, ponchos, etc) and yelling at bad guys.

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  • Kekelis says boys who engage in stereotypical "girl" activities develop nurturing skills and refine their fine motor coordination, which can later help them with such skills as handwriting.

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  • This claim to glory, doubtless exaggerated in stereotypical Gascon fashion, caricatures, indeed cleverly reverses the terms of Soyer's own, far less swashbuckling role in the July Days — Mirobolant would have slain elite troops while standing his ground in the street, whereas Soyer was nearly lynched by a revolutionary mob while fleeing from a palace kitchen.

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  • I was looking for an answer not grounded in stereotypical preconceptions.

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  • Green Pastures is a bizarre 1936 opus from Warners with cast members speaking in stereotypical Southern dialect.

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  • I did make a bad choice in stereotypical language about men - for which I apologize to all who took offense at that.

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  • The theme of excess emphasized by this critic surfaces frequently in stereotypical critiques of the Irish and of the East and Easterners; the fear of excess suggests that the colonizing cultures dread an abundance that threatens to escape confinement at the same time that they use such accusations of excess to justify colonization.

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