Definition of aberrant in US English:

aberrant

adjective

  • 1Departing from an accepted standard.

    • ‘I don't think it's a sickness that causes somebody to engage in aberrant behavior.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was aberrant of him to accept the job and downright silly of the government to appoint him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This aberrant conduct should not be rewarded by making fundamental changes in the way judges are nominated.’
    • ‘There's nothing, though, that would necessarily explain his aberrant fascination with dead animals.’
    • ‘‘Implicatory denial’ is when a state acknowledges torture but blames it on aberrant agents.’
    • ‘This was not an aberrant, deviant test thrust on the wife by an unusually suspicious husband.’
    • ‘So, it doesn't excuse the behavior but I think it explains the atmosphere that gives rise to the aberrant behavior.’
    • ‘This is a system, not an individual's aberrant behaviour.’
    • ‘But some fears are well-founded: fundamentalism has emerged as an aberrant, aggressive phenomenon in all the world's religions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were nothing more than the winners of a game we all wanted to play - a game that we knew rewarded certain aberrant tendencies.’
    • ‘And that, give or take a few sequences depicting extreme and aberrant weather conditions around the globe, is it.’
    • ‘This year for some aberrant reason, I feel like watching, so let's all watch together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to me that this is just again reinforcing the conclusion that there were five or six aberrant soldiers.’
    deviant, deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, digressive, irregular
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    1. 1.1Biology Diverging from the normal type.
      ‘aberrant chromosomes’
      • ‘Cells containing any of these types of chromosomal alterations were considered aberrant cells.’
      • ‘Removal of this aberrant chromosome from further calculations makes no change to the inferences drawn.’
      • ‘Other aberrant gametophyte phenotypes were observed among the group of mutants that could form antheridia.’
      • ‘Review of the flow cytometric immunophenotypic data failed to reveal a monoclonal B-cell or aberrant T-cell population.’
      • ‘We have noticed that multiple clones carried an aberrant chromosome III that was indistinguishable by size.’
      • ‘At later periods, extremely aberrant metaphases predominated.’
      • ‘Flow cytometric immunophenotyping did not reveal an aberrant T cell or monoclonal B-cell population.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The frequency of aberrant metaphases in the controls ranged from 0 to 1.9%.’
      deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, untypical, non-typical, anomalous, digressive, irregular, non-standard
      deviant, deviating, divergent, abnormal, atypical, anomalous, digressive, irregular
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Origin

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

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