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atypical (adj) unusual; different from the normal.

Atypical is the opposite of typical, which means having the characteristics or traits common to the group to which something belongs. A typical doctor, for example is a doctor, behaving the same way as any doctor would behave. Atypical, therefore means unusual, not sharing the characteristics of a group to which a person or a thing belongs. It is atypical for a sportsperson not to keep fit, because sports persons give importance to fitness.

  • It was atypical for a politician like Senator Daniel Smith not to be interested in publicity or in image building.
  • MK Gandhi was atypical in that unlike most other politicians, he believed that truth formed an integral part of politics and of public life.
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