Definition of neurotypical in US English:



  • Not displaying or characterized by autistic or other neurologically atypical patterns of thought or behavior.

    ‘neurotypical individuals often assume that their experience of the world is either the only one or the only correct one’
    • ‘They understand that a person might be able to pass for "normal" or "neurotypical" yet still experience episodes of bolting, self-injurious behavior, lost speech, or meltdowns.’
    • ‘Neurotypical people, like me, understand ourselves at least partly in terms of how others see us.’
    • ‘He has deduced that simulating neurotypical ethical behavior is in his long-term interest and does it quite effectively.’
    • ‘Kids on the spectrum get bullied or shunned by the ignorant members of neurotypical society.’
    • ‘As the mother of two autistic sons and one neurotypical one, I regard this as an ethical minefield.’
    • ‘They often don't want to participate in gossip about people, or conversations about popular culture that many neurotypical people follow such as celebrities, television soaps, or sports events.’


1990s: from neuro- + typical.