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English definition of “typical”

typical

adjective    /ˈtɪp·ɪ·kəl/
showing the characteristics of a particular kind of person or thing: He looked like the typical tourist with his camera and baseball cap. This dish is typical of Southern cooking. disapproving Typical also means behaving as you would expect: "He called to say he wasn’t coming." "Typical! You can’t rely on Michael for anything!"
(Definition of typical adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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