Definition of anomalous in English:



  • Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.

    ‘an anomalous situation’
    ‘sentences which are grammatically anomalous’
    • ‘They are framed as women first and politicians second, and they're seen as anomalous.’
    • ‘It says the trial was too short, there was inadequate independent monitoring and technical reports and anomalous results.’
    • ‘Down through the ages philosophers and poets have mused on humankind's anomalous place within the natural order.’
    • ‘For a country aspiring to join the European Union, to tolerate such behaviour was anomalous, he said.’
    • ‘First, and most importantly, it will bring to an end an anomalous exception to the basic premise that there should be a remedy for a wrong.’
    • ‘There was some sort of anomalous weather pattern that went through eastern Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘The situation was in practical terms unenforceable and grossly anomalous.’
    • ‘If indeed a chemical reaction is taking place we have another very anomalous situation.’
    • ‘It was already known empirically that this was the case, but no one had been able to understand why this apparently anomalous behaviour should be so.’
    • ‘Most climate scientists agree that this recent warming is anomalous, but debate continues about its source.’
    • ‘For this reason, such rights seem anomalous today, at a time when intervention in the name of human rights is prevalent.’
    • ‘Firstly, these results are anomalous - they do not fit into the pattern established by previous studies.’
    • ‘And if you really are too stupid to understand it, how can you claim its findings are counterintuitive and anomalous?’
    • ‘If the survey year was anomalous, it could have thrown the trend line completely out of whack.’
    • ‘On the other hand, numerous human behaviours seem anomalous from the evolutionary point of view.’
    • ‘That would seem to be a very anomalous surprising kind of result.’
    • ‘The existence of two governing bodies is anomalous and detrimental.’
    • ‘His school still has more than 40 anomalous results and about three times the number of normal exam appeals.’
    • ‘Crime fiction offers a framework in which to pursue our curiosity about anomalous behaviour, it hooks us, as might a car crash on the motorway.’
    • ‘Media analysts tend to overlook how anomalous the existence of a big, central media is in this country.’
    abnormal, atypical, non-typical, irregular, aberrant, exceptional, freak, freakish, odd, bizarre, peculiar, unusual, out of the ordinary, inconsistent, incongruous, deviant, deviating, divergent, eccentric
    rare, singular
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Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek anōmalos (from an- not + homalos even) + -ous.