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Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected:‘an anomalous situation’‘sentences which are grammatically anomalous’
abnormal, atypical, non-typical, irregular, aberrant, exceptional, freak, freakish, odd, bizarre, peculiar, unusual, out of the ordinary, inconsistent, incongruous, deviant, deviating, divergent, eccentricrare, singularView synonyms
- ‘That would seem to be a very anomalous surprising kind of result.’
- ‘The existence of two governing bodies is anomalous and detrimental.’
- ‘On the other hand, numerous human behaviours seem anomalous from the evolutionary point of view.’
- ‘If indeed a chemical reaction is taking place we have another very anomalous situation.’
- ‘For a country aspiring to join the European Union, to tolerate such behaviour was anomalous, he said.’
- ‘There was some sort of anomalous weather pattern that went through eastern Pennsylvania.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most climate scientists agree that this recent warming is anomalous, but debate continues about its source.’
- ‘The situation was in practical terms unenforceable and grossly anomalous.’
- ‘His school still has more than 40 anomalous results and about three times the number of normal exam appeals.’
- ‘For this reason, such rights seem anomalous today, at a time when intervention in the name of human rights is prevalent.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And if you really are too stupid to understand it, how can you claim its findings are counterintuitive and anomalous?’
- ‘Down through the ages philosophers and poets have mused on humankind's anomalous place within the natural order.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If the survey year was anomalous, it could have thrown the trend line completely out of whack.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Firstly, these results are anomalous - they do not fit into the pattern established by previous studies.’
- ‘Media analysts tend to overlook how anomalous the existence of a big, central media is in this country.’
Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek anōmalos (from an- not + homalos even) + -ous.
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