Definition of aberrant in English:

aberrant

adjective

  • 1Departing from an accepted standard.

    ‘this somewhat aberrant behaviour requires an explanation’
    • ‘Governments came to support these societal changes by adding penalties only late in the game to enforce rules against what had already become aberrant behavior.’
    • ‘This aberrant conduct should not be rewarded by making fundamental changes in the way judges are nominated.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was aberrant of him to accept the job and downright silly of the government to appoint him.’
    • ‘But some fears are well-founded: fundamentalism has emerged as an aberrant, aggressive phenomenon in all the world's religions.’
    • ‘I don't think it's a sickness that causes somebody to engage in aberrant behavior.’
    • ‘It seems to me that this is just again reinforcing the conclusion that there were five or six aberrant soldiers.’
    • ‘Yet these men had invisible and aberrant thoughts and fantasies, and were constantly processing their weird symbols and hatred in ways normal people will never fully comprehend.’
    • ‘It's fun tearing apart this delusional woman's aberrant thought processes.’
    • ‘This was not an aberrant, deviant test thrust on the wife by an unusually suspicious husband.’
    • ‘‘Implicatory denial’ is when a state acknowledges torture but blames it on aberrant agents.’
    • ‘There's nothing, though, that would necessarily explain his aberrant fascination with dead animals.’
    • ‘So, it doesn't excuse the behavior but I think it explains the atmosphere that gives rise to the aberrant behavior.’
    • ‘This year for some aberrant reason, I feel like watching, so let's all watch together.’
    • ‘And that, give or take a few sequences depicting extreme and aberrant weather conditions around the globe, is it.’
    • ‘They were nothing more than the winners of a game we all wanted to play - a game that we knew rewarded certain aberrant tendencies.’
    • ‘In fact, it covers two of my many aberrant fields of interest.’
    • ‘If you're successful, you've doomed your family to a somewhat aberrant, abnormal existence, but it's public service.’
    • ‘This is a system, not an individual's aberrant behaviour.’
    • ‘The reasons why the pattern is aberrant are not complex.’
    • ‘The reaction to the murder case made it seem like the killers were degenerates, aberrant psychos who were far removed from normality.’
    1. 1.1Biology Diverging from the normal type.
      ‘aberrant chromosomes’
      • ‘The frequency of aberrant metaphases in the controls ranged from 0 to 1.9%.’
      • ‘Flow cytometric immunophenotyping did not reveal an aberrant T cell or monoclonal B-cell population.’
      • ‘Cervical thymic masses are congenital lesions that result from aberrant thymic migration during embryogenesis.’
      • ‘Cells containing any of these types of chromosomal alterations were considered aberrant cells.’
      • ‘We have noticed that multiple clones carried an aberrant chromosome III that was indistinguishable by size.’
      • ‘At later periods, extremely aberrant metaphases predominated.’
      • ‘Review of the flow cytometric immunophenotypic data failed to reveal a monoclonal B-cell or aberrant T-cell population.’
      • ‘Other aberrant gametophyte phenotypes were observed among the group of mutants that could form antheridia.’
      • ‘When a damaged cell is unable to repair itself, an aberrant cell line, or malignancy, may result.’
      • ‘Removal of this aberrant chromosome from further calculations makes no change to the inferences drawn.’
      deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, digressive, irregular, non-standard
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin aberrant- ‘wandering away’, from the verb aberrare, from ab- ‘away, from’ + errare ‘to stray’.

Pronunciation

aberrant

/əˈbɛr(ə)nt/