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Biology having most of the characteristics of a particular taxonomic group
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that which is normal or of the nature of a model; the most likely for a given system of the objective world.

As applied to aesthetics, the concept of the typical was most extensively elaborated in some 19th-century literary theories with respect to the then current view of the specific character of realism in the arts—as, for example, in the works of V. G. Belinskii, H. Taine, and G. Brandes. In a letter to M. Harkness (1888), F. Engels described realism in the arts as “the truthful reproduction of typical characters in typical circumstances” (K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 37, p. 35).

The term “typification” (tipizatsiia) is often applied to the complex artistic process that creates characters “true to type.” Alternatively, typification may refer to the depiction of a single individual as a synthesis of typical traits that the artist has taken from many actual persons. What is more essential, however, is that the artist develop to the fullest possible extent the potentialities manifested by living individuals. The representation of typical characters, as well as their interaction with each other and with circumstances, reflects the artist’s cognizance of the substantive correlation between the individual and society.

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Typical diet: Buckwheat porridge, goats' milk, beetroot soup.
Finally, 24.8% of the poor readers met criteria for disruptive behavior disorders, compared with 10.9% of the typical readers.
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The only ones worse were lawyers." Big business had begun using IBM tabulation machines as early as the 1950s, but computers wouldn't find their way into small businesses--including the typical CPA firm--until well after the debut of the Apple II personal computer in 1977; VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet, in 1979; and the IBM PC in 1981.
Typical supplements: Big Daddy, Cobra, Enzyte, Lioness, Vahard, VasoRect.
Parers were identified as struggling students in the typical class who were less involved in classroom learning activities.
Before testing ground engineered wood products in the field, a toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) was conducted to look for contaminants that could leach from the typical residential mix or from the 100 percent engineered wood products treatments.
In typical plants, paper reels can now be changed on an hourly basis, with board changes occurring at almost double that frequency.
The 2-channel converter design, which includes a programmable gain amplifier (PGA) and a band-gap reference voltage source, has a 3.0V full-scale range with a typical nonlinearity error of only +/-274microvolts.
A typical judge, on the other hand, quite often has a hundred or more disputes on his or her docket at any given time.
Will those flying sparks from spot welding robots that are so characteristic of body shops (and especially typical in photos of body shops) become a thing of the past?