abnormal

  • 1 abnormal — abnormal, atypical, aberrant mean deviating markedly from the rule or standard of its kind. All are used in the sciences, as in biology and psychology, to express non conformity to type. Abnormal frequently connotes strangeness or excess and… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Abnormal — Ab*nor mal, a. [For earlier anormal, F. anormal, LL. anormalus for anomalus, Gr. ?. Confused with L. abnormis. See {Anomalous}, {Abnormous}, {Anormal}.] Not conformed to rule or system; deviating from the type; anomalous; irregular. That… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 abnormal — I adjective aberrant, amorphous, anomalous, bizarre, curious, deviative, disordered, divergent, eccentric, erratic, exceptional, freakish, frenetic, idiocratic, idiosyncratic, irregular, monstrous, odd, outlandish, peculiar, preternatural,… …

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  • 4 abnormal — abnormal:1.⇨abnorm(1)–2.⇨ungewöhnlich …

    Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • 5 abnormal — (adj.) 1835, displaced older abnormous (1742) and rival anormal (1835) under influence of L. abnormis deviating from a rule, from ab off, away from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + norma rule (see NORM (Cf. norm)). The older forms were via O.Fr. anormal (13c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 abnormal — [adj] different from standard or norm aberrant, anomalistic, anomalous, atypical, bizarre, curious, deviant, deviate, deviating, divergent, eccentric, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, funny, grody*, gross, heteroclite, heterodox,… …

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  • 7 abnormal — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deviating from what is normal. DERIVATIVES abnormality noun abnormally adverb. ORIGIN Greek an malos uneven , related to ANOMALOUS(Cf. ↑anomalousness) …

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  • 8 abnormal — [ab nôr′məl, əbnôr′məl] adj. [earlier anormal < Fr anormal, anomal < LL anomalus < Gr anōmalos (see ANOMALOUS) infl. by L abnormis < ab , from + norma, NORM] not normal; not average; not typical; not usual; irregular, esp. to a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 abnormal — Not normal; differing in any way from the usual state, structure, condition, or rule. * * * ab·nor·mal ( )ab nȯr məl adj deviating from the normal, average, or expected <abnormal development> <results of the Pap smear were abnormal>… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 10 abnormal — abnormally, adv. abnormalness, n. /ab nawr meuhl/, adj. 1. not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard: abnormal powers of concentration; an abnormal amount of snow; abnormal behavior. 2. extremely or excessively large:… …

    Universalium

  • 11 abnormal — adjective very different from usual in a way that seems strange, worrying, wrong, or dangerous: abnormal behaviour | an abnormal level of cholesterol | abnormal for sb to do sth: My parents thought it was abnormal for a boy to be interested in… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 abnormal — ab|norm|al [æbˈno:məl US ˈno:r ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: ab away from, not (from Latin ab away, off ) + normal] very different from usual in a way that seems strange, worrying, wrong, or dangerous ≠ ↑normal ▪ abnormal behaviour ▪ an… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 abnormal — [[t]æbnɔ͟ː(r)m(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is abnormal is unusual, especially in a way that is worrying. [FORMAL] ...abnormal heart rhythms and high anxiety levels. ...a child with an abnormal fear of strangers. Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 abnormal */ — UK [æbˈnɔː(r)m(ə)l] / US [æbˈnɔrm(ə)l] adjective not usual or typical, especially in a way that is worrying or that shows there may be something wrong or harmful abnormal behaviour abnormal test results abnormal eating habits …

    English dictionary

  • 15 abnormal — I. adjective Etymology: alteration of French anormal, from Medieval Latin anormalis, from Latin a + Late Latin normalis normal Date: circa 1836 deviating from the normal or average ; unusual, exceptional < abnormal behavior > • abnormally adverb… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 abnormal — 1. adjective /æbˈnɔɹməl/ a) Not conforming to rule or system; deviating from the usual or normal type. And then after an abnormal meal, which was either a very late breakfast or a very early lunch, they drove on to Victoria Station. b) Of or… …

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  • 17 abnormal — ab|nor|mal [ æb nɔrml ] adjective * not usual or typical, especially in a way that is worrying or shows that there may be something wrong or harmful: abnormal behavior abnormal test results ╾ ab|nor|ma|li|ty [ ,æbnɔr mæləti ] noun count or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 abnormal — adjective an increased appetite during pregnancy is not abnormal she speaks Spanish with a Swedish accent, which is pretty abnormal Syn: unusual, uncommon, atypical, untypical, nontypical, unrepresentative, rare, isolated, irregular, anomalous,… …

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  • 19 abnormal — [æbˈnɔːm(ə)l] adj 1) not normal, and therefore a sign that there is a problem abnormal behaviour[/ex] abnormal eating habits[/ex] abnormality [ˌæbnɔːˈmæləti] noun [C/U] abnormally adv 2) Her blood pressure was abnormally high.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 abnormal — adj. 1 deviating from what is normal or usual; exceptional. 2 relating to or dealing with what is abnormal (abnormal psychology). Derivatives: abnormally adv. Etymology: earlier and F anormal, anomal f. Gk anomalos ANOMALOUS, assoc. with L… …

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