When something is typical, it is common, regular, expected — hanging out with friends and playing computer games are typical activities of American teens.

To be typical is to be of a type, meaning that a person or thing has the same characteristics of everyone or everything else in the group, like a typical student, trying to talk the teacher out of giving homework over break. Something that is typical is what you can expect, like reading a guidebook about a faraway country you will visit to learn the typical weather and kinds of food you will encounter while you are there.

Definitions of typical
  1. adjective
    exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
    “a typical American girl”
    “a typical suburban community”
    “the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year”
    “a painting typical of the Impressionist school”
    “a typical romantic poem”
    “a typical case of arteritis”
    typical or distinctive
    emblematic, exemplary, typic
    being or serving as an illustration of a type
    serving to represent or typify
    regular, veritable
    often used as intensifiers
    conforming to definitive criteria
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    atypical, untypical
    not representative of a group, class, or type
    distinctive and not typical
    abnormal, unnatural
    not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm
    not exemplifying a class
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  2. adjective
    of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
    “that is typical of you!”
    synonyms: distinctive
    typical or distinctive
  3. adjective
    conforming to a type
    “the typical (or normal) American”
    typical teenage behavior”
    conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal
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