atypical Definition

not conforming to the usual type or pattern; abnormal.

Using atypical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "atypical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her atypical approach to problem-solving impressed her colleagues.

  • Example

    The patient's symptoms were atypical of the disease.

  • Example

    The company's atypical business model proved to be successful.

atypical Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for atypical

Antonyms for atypical

Phrases with atypical

  • a type of pneumonia that is not caused by the bacteria that typically cause pneumonia, but rather by other microorganisms such as viruses, fungi, or parasites


    The patient was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia and was prescribed a different course of treatment.

  • a subtype of major depression characterized by mood reactivity, increased appetite, weight gain, and excessive sleep


    The psychiatrist diagnosed the patient with atypical depression and prescribed medication to manage the symptoms.

  • a type of medication used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that has fewer side effects than traditional antipsychotics


    The doctor prescribed an atypical antipsychotic to manage the patient's symptoms.

Origins of atypical

from Greek 'a-' meaning 'not' + 'typikos' meaning 'of or pertaining to a type'


Summary: atypical in Brief

'Atypical' [ey-tip-i-kuhl] refers to something that does not conform to the usual type or pattern, often implying abnormality. It can describe anything from a person's approach to problem-solving to a company's business model. Phrases like 'atypical pneumonia,' 'atypical depression,' and 'atypical antipsychotic' denote specific medical conditions and treatments. Synonyms include 'unusual' and 'abnormal,' while antonyms include 'typical' and 'normal.'