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1Departing from an accepted standard.
- ‘‘Implicatory denial’ is when a state acknowledges torture but blames it on aberrant agents.’
- ‘But some fears are well-founded: fundamentalism has emerged as an aberrant, aggressive phenomenon in all the world's religions.’
- ‘The reasons why the pattern is aberrant are not complex.’
- ‘It seems to me that this is just again reinforcing the conclusion that there were five or six aberrant soldiers.’
- ‘There's nothing, though, that would necessarily explain his aberrant fascination with dead animals.’
- ‘It's fun tearing apart this delusional woman's aberrant thought processes.’
- ‘The reaction to the murder case made it seem like the killers were degenerates, aberrant psychos who were far removed from normality.’
- ‘So, it doesn't excuse the behavior but I think it explains the atmosphere that gives rise to the aberrant behavior.’
- ‘If you're successful, you've doomed your family to a somewhat aberrant, abnormal existence, but it's public service.’
- ‘This year for some aberrant reason, I feel like watching, so let's all watch together.’
- ‘I don't think it's a sickness that causes somebody to engage in aberrant behavior.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In fact, it covers two of my many aberrant fields of interest.’
- ‘Indeed, it was aberrant of him to accept the job and downright silly of the government to appoint him.’
- ‘They were nothing more than the winners of a game we all wanted to play - a game that we knew rewarded certain aberrant tendencies.’
- ‘This was not an aberrant, deviant test thrust on the wife by an unusually suspicious husband.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is a system, not an individual's aberrant behaviour.’
- ‘This aberrant conduct should not be rewarded by making fundamental changes in the way judges are nominated.’
- ‘And that, give or take a few sequences depicting extreme and aberrant weather conditions around the globe, is it.’
- 1.1Biology Diverging from the normal type.‘aberrant chromosomes’
deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, digressive, irregular, non-standardView synonyms
- ‘The frequency of aberrant metaphases in the controls ranged from 0 to 1.9%.’
- ‘Other aberrant gametophyte phenotypes were observed among the group of mutants that could form antheridia.’
- ‘Flow cytometric immunophenotyping did not reveal an aberrant T cell or monoclonal B-cell population.’
- ‘Removal of this aberrant chromosome from further calculations makes no change to the inferences drawn.’
- ‘Review of the flow cytometric immunophenotypic data failed to reveal a monoclonal B-cell or aberrant T-cell population.’
- ‘At later periods, extremely aberrant metaphases predominated.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When a damaged cell is unable to repair itself, an aberrant cell line, or malignancy, may result.’
- ‘Cervical thymic masses are congenital lesions that result from aberrant thymic migration during embryogenesis.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin aberrant- ‘wandering away’, from the verb aberrare, from ab- ‘away, from’ + errare ‘to stray’.
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