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Pronunciation: ar′kĕ-tīp


  1. A primitive structural plan from which various modifications have evolved.
  2. In jungian psychology, the structural unit of the collective unconscious each of which is available to all.

Synonym(s): imago2

[G. archetypos, pattern, model, fr. archē, beginning, + typtō, to stamp out]

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