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stereotype

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈsteriəʊtaɪp/
a fixed idea that people have about what a particular type of person is like, especially an idea that is wrong: racial stereotypes Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significancePlain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
stereotypical
 
 
/ˌsteriəʊˈtɪpɪkəl/ adjective
having the qualities that you expect a particular type of person to have: a stereotypical studentTypifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significancePlain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
(Definition of stereotype noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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