V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. unusual, uncommon, or unexpected; 2. different than usual or strange for its type
Synonyms: unusual, unexpected, uncommon, irregular, abnormal, anomalous, deviant, aberrant
Antonyms: typical, usual, ordinary
Tips: Atypical is related to both typical, or "usual" and type, or "group or kind." The negative prefix a- makes atypical describe something that is not usual, not typical for something of its kind. The noun anomaly (irregularity, abnormality) denotes something that is atypical.
The dog owner assured his neighbor that his pet's seemingly aggressive behavior was atypical. (unusual, aberrant)
It is true that Professor Robins was promoted without having a large number of works published, but his experience is quite atypical. (anomalous, uncommon)
Jon's height was atypical for his age, but it proved to be a benefit when he tried out for the basketball team. (unusual, uncommon)
It was atypical for the student to get anything but the highest grades, so she felt ashamed when she received a less-than-average score on the exam. (unexpected, anomalous)
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