typical

typical
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1) ADJ-GRADED You use typical to describe someone or something that shows the most usual characteristics of a particular type of person or thing, and is therefore a good example of that type.

Cheney is everyone's image of a typical cop: a big white guy, six foot, 220 pounds...

Carole goes in for such typical schoolgirl pastimes as horse-riding and watching old films...

Horrigan was typical of the new-generation executive Sticht had brought into the company.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ of n If a particular action or feature is typical of someone or something, it shows their usual qualities or characteristics.

This reluctance to move towards a democratic state is typical of totalitarian regimes...

This is not typical of Chinese, but is a feature of the Thai language...

With typical energy he found new journalistic outlets.

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3) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ of n (feelings) If you say that something is typical of a person, situation, or thing, you are criticizing them or complaining about them and saying that they are just as bad or disappointing as you expected them to be.

She threw her hands into the air. `That is just typical of you, isn't it?'...

`Typical!' Hattie slammed down the receiver. `Absolutely typical!'


English dictionary. 2008.

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