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Deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying:‘the illness is recognizable from the patient's abnormal behaviour’
unusual, uncommon, atypical, untypical, non-typical, unrepresentative, rare, isolated, irregular, anomalous, deviant, deviating, divergent, wayward, aberrant, freak, freakishstrange, odd, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, queereccentric, idiosyncratic, quirkyunexpected, unfamiliar, unconventional, surprising, unorthodox, singular, exceptional, extraordinary, out of the ordinary, out of the wayunnatural, perverse, perverted, twisted, warped, corrupt, unhealthy, distorted, malformedout of the commonfunny, oddball, off the wall, wacky, wacko, way out, freaky, kinkyView synonyms
- ‘Seabed sensors detect abnormal wave movements and relay the information to scientists.’
- ‘MPs live quite an abnormal life, and a lot of the time they are away from home.’
- ‘A true food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the immune system.’
- ‘The level was so high that a second reading was taken and although this was lower it was still so abnormal as to be fatal.’
- ‘The demand for tickets had been abnormal, and the committee had to refuse a great number who applied.’
- ‘The abnormal hike in fuel prices leads to increase in prices of essential commodities.’
- ‘She speculated that abnormal electrical activity in the heart or brain may have been the reason.’
- ‘The boy told the court his behaviour had been abnormal and not the sort of thing he wanted to do in the future.’
- ‘The condition is rare and is caused by the inheritance of an abnormal gene from an affected parent.’
- ‘All women are supposedly naturally maternal and any woman who rejects this role is seen as deviant and abnormal.’
- ‘His life has been so abnormal it is no surprise that he has such unusual views.’
- ‘Crime, rather than being abnormal and uncommon, may be considered a routine part of life.’
- ‘Fusion in this case is somewhat of a worry because these are highly abnormal cells.’
- ‘Interferon is produced naturally in the body and helps fight infection or abnormal cells.’
- ‘Cells normally divide in a controlled way, but abnormal cells keep on dividing, which can form a lump.’
- ‘His abnormal memory power is not restricted just to the game, but aids him in his office work.’
- ‘Every episode marked him, though there is no evidence of any abnormal behaviour.’
- ‘As far as I can judge he sees nothing abnormal or peculiar about any part of this routine.’
- ‘My greatest work was the reconstruction of a congenitally abnormal heart.’
- ‘Some abnormal smears do in fact revert to normal without treatment, but some go on to become cancerous.’
Mid 19th century: alteration (by association with Latin abnormis monstrous) of 16th-century anormal, from French, variant of anomal, via Latin from Greek anōmalos (see anomalous).
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