irregular

irregular, anomalous, unnatural mean outside the sphere of what conforms to or is explainable by law, rule, custom, or principle.
Irregular implies failure to conform to a rule, a law, or a pattern, especially to one imposed for the sake of uniformity in method, practice, or conduct; thus, an irregular marriage is one that does not conform to the regulations of church or state; an irregular verse does not correspond to an accepted metrical pattern for its type; guerrilla warfare is called irregular because it does not accord with the practice of civilized nations or conventional military theory; irregular conduct may or may not be morally reprehensible, but it defies the code or standard of the community or class
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there are always irregular fluctuations of the seasonal weather— Ellis

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made a strong appeal for the highest standards of medical education in an effort to combat irregular practitioners— Viets

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the chicanery was gross, the forgery patent, the procedure irregular and illegal— Woodward

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Anomalous stresses lack of conformity to what might be expected of a thing because of the class or type to which it belongs, the laws which govern its existence, or the environment in which it is found
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all seven of us . . . appeared on the show under pseudonyms. Which may sound highly anomalous, considering that we're the children of vaude-villians, a sect not usually antipathetic to publicity— Sal-inger

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Sometimes it specifically implies inconsistency or a conflict of principles
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acts so anomalous, in such startling contradiction to all our usual ways and accepted notions of life and its value— L. P. Smith

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and sometimes it specifically means unclassifiable or indefinable
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anomalous literary works such as Holmes's Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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anomalous emotions

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Again, it suggests the absence of the character or of the characteristics essential to a thing of its kind
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a few judges find in her last book new support for the anomalous opinion that its author was a great artist, but insignificant— Beck

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or it suggests a contradiction between the professed aims or intentions of a person or institution and the conditions in which that person or institution exists or finds himself or itself at a given time
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the anomalous position of the free Negro in the slave states— E. T. Price

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President Wilson found himself in an anomalous position when Congress rejected his proposal that the United States enter the League of Nations

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Unnatural is the strongest of these words in its implication of censure, especially when it implies a violation of natural law or of principles accepted by all civilized men as based on reason and essential to the well-being of society. In such cases it often specifically connotes moral perversion
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an unnatural practice

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she had been vicious and unnatural; she had thriven on hatred—5. S. Van Dine

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or abnormal indifference or cruelty
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an unnatural parent

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Sometimes the word merely means contrary to what is received as natural, either because it is not in accordance with the normal course of nature
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snow in May is unnatural in this region

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or because it is not in keeping with what one regards as normal, balanced, proper, or fitting under the circumstances
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an unnatural appetite for acid foods

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a poetic language which appears natural to one age will appear unnatural or artificial to another—Day Lewis

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thy deed, inhuman and unnatural provokes this deluge most unnatural—Shak.

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a daughter who left her father was an unnatural daughter; her womanhood was suspect— Woolf

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Analogous words: aberrant, *abnormal, atypical: *exceptional: singular, unique, *strange, peculiar, odd, queer
Antonyms: regular
Contrasted words: natural, normal, typical (see REGULAR): *usual, customary, wonted, accustomed, habitual: licit, legitimate, legal, *lawful

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  • Irregular — Ir*reg u*lar, a. [Pref. ir not + regular: cf. F. irr[ e]gulier.] Not regular; not conforming to a law, method, or usage recognized as the general rule; not according to common form; not conformable to nature, to the rules of moral rectitude, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irregular — ir‧reg‧u‧lar [ɪˈregjlə ǁ ər] adjective not obeying the usually accepted legal or moral rules: • There were some warning signals that something irregular was going on. • highly irregular trading activities irregularity noun [countable,… …   Financial and business terms

  • irregular — adjetivo 1. Área: gramática [Verbo, participio, conjugación] que no sigue la regla o norma general. 2. Que no es regular o uniforme: una respiración irregular. Era difícil andar porque el terreno era muy irregular. Tiene unos horarios muy… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • irregular — (Del lat. irregulāris). 1. adj. Que está fuera de regla. 2. Contrario a ella. 3. Que no observa siempre el mismo comportamiento, o no rinde del mismo modo. 4. Que no sucede común y ordinariamente. 5. Geom. Dicho de un polígono o de un poliedro:… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • irregular — [i reg′yə lər] adj. [ME < OFr irregulier < ML irregularis: see IN 2 & REGULAR] 1. not conforming to established rule, method, usage, standard, etc.; out of the ordinary; anomalous 2. not conforming to legal or moral requirements; lawless;… …   English World dictionary

  • irregular — ir·reg·u·lar /ir re gyə lər/ adj: not in accord with laws, rules, procedures, or established custom ir·reg·u·lar·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. ir …   Law dictionary

  • irregular — [adj1] random, variable aberrant, aimless, capricious, casual, changeable, designless, desultory, disconnected, discontinuous, eccentric, erratic, faltering, fitful, fluctuating, fragmentary, haphazard, hit or miss*, inconstant, indiscriminate,… …   New thesaurus

  • irregulär — irregulär:1.⇨ungesetzlich–2.⇨ungewöhnlich irregulär 1.→gesetzwidrig 2.außerplanmäßig,regelwidrig,ungewöhnlich,unüblich,unregelmäßig,anormal,atypisch,abnorm …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • irregular — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not regular in shape, arrangement, or occurrence. 2) contrary to a rule, standard, or convention. 3) not belonging to regular army units. 4) Grammar (of a word) having inflections that do not conform to the usual rules. ► NOUN ▪ a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Irregular — Ir*reg u*lar, n. One who is not regular; especially, a soldier not in regular service. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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