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English definition of “textbook”


adjective [not gradable] (TYPICAL)   /ˈteks·bʊk/
usual or typical : The group's rise to stardom is a textbook case of how to make it in the recording industry .
(Definition of textbook adjective (TYPICAL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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