abnormal


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 sometimes, as in abnormality, deformity or monstrosity
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power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts— Henry Adams

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In psychology, as applied to persons, abnormal often suggests poorer than normal performance or poorer than normal adjustment to the conditions of life and is equivalent to subnormal; in general use better than normal powers are often implied
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can envision the future in the light of what he remembers of the past. His powers of recollection . . . are abnormalR. L. Taylor

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Atypical stresses divergence upward or downward from the established norm of some group, kind, or stage (as of development)
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atypical reactions

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stealing is to be looked upon as atypical behavior . . . not the customarily accepted type of response that we expect from children— G. E. Gardner

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Aberrant seldom loses its literal implication of wandering or straying; in the sciences, where it is applied to departures from type, it carries none of the extra connotations of abnormal and is less restricted in its reference than atypical
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aberrant forms of a botanical species

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In general use it often suggests moral deviation
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such a choice must argue aberrant senses, or degenerate blood— Kingsley

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Analogous words: *irregular, unnatural, anomalous: unusual, unwonted, uncustomary, unaccustomed (see affirmative adjectives at USUAL): *monstrous, prodigious
Antonyms: normal
Contrasted words: *regular, typical, natural: ordinary, *common, familiar: *usual, wonted, customary

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  • 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

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

  • abnormal — abnormal:1.⇨abnorm(1)–2.⇨ungewöhnlich …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • 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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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