Archetypal Ar"che*ty`pal, a. Of or pertaining to an archetype; consisting a model (real or ideal) or pattern; original. ``One archetypal mind.'' --Gudworth. [1913 Webster]

Note: Among Platonists, the archetypal world is the world as it existed as an idea of God before the creation. [1913 Webster]

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