Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category.
  • adjective Of or relating to a representative specimen; characteristic or distinctive.
  • adjective Conforming to a type.
  • adjective Of the nature of, constituting, or serving as a type; emblematic.
  • adjective Conforming with what usually happens.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the character of a significant or symbolic type; serving as an index or a symbol of something past, present, or to come; representative; emblematic; illustrative. The description is, as sorted test to the apprehension of those times, typicall and shadowie.
  • Constituting or conforming to a type or pattern; representative in kind or quality; serving as a characteristic example of a group or an aggregate: as, a typical animal, plant, species, or genus; a typical building; typical conduct. Also typal. Compare attypical, etypical, subtypical.
  • Of or pertaining to a type or types; significantly characteristic or illustrative; indicative; connotative: as, a typical example or specimen; typical markings, colors, or limbs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of the nature of a type; representing something by a form, model, or resemblance; emblematic; prefigurative.
  • adjective (Nat. Hist.) Combining or exhibiting the essential characteristics of a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Capturing the overall sense of a thing.
  • adjective Characteristically representing something by form, group, idea or type.
  • adjective Normal, average; to be expected.
  • noun Anything that is typical, normal, or standard.

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

  • adjective of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
  • adjective conforming to a type
  • adjective exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin typicālis, from typicus, from Greek tupikos, from tupos, impression.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • Standard herb guides tend to be quite detailed and eclectic, because they are geared to people who have the time and space to grow, dry, and prepare their own remedies, and are able to decode the jargon typical of old-fashioned herbals.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • Standard herb guides tend to be quite detailed and eclectic, because they are geared to people who have the time and space to grow, dry, and prepare their own remedies, and are able to decode the jargon typical of old-fashioned herbals.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • Standard herb guides tend to be quite detailed and eclectic, because they are geared to people who have the time and space to grow, dry, and prepare their own remedies, and are able to decode the jargon typical of old-fashioned herbals.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • He was born in 1926 into what he called a "typical Midwestern, Methodist home with a lot of repression."

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