Atypical vs Autistic - What's the difference?

atypical | autistic |


As adjectives the difference between atypical and autistic

is that atypical is not conforming to the normal type while autistic is pertaining to, or having autism.

As nouns the difference between atypical and autistic

is that atypical is (pharmacy) an atypical antipsychotic while autistic is a person who has autism.

atypical

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not conforming to the normal type.
  • Unusual or irregular.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pharmacy) An atypical antipsychotic.
  • autistic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to, or having autism.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who has autism.
  • * 2006 , Alan Griswold, Autistic Symphony
  • If our definition of empathy were to require we take the human cognitive norm (overwhelmingly influenced by neurotypical cognition) as the absolute standard by which to measure empathy, then indeed we would have to conclude autistics do not instinctively possess a good sense of empathy.

    Synonyms

    * autist

    Hyponyms

    * idiot savant (potentially offensive)