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aberrant

[uh-ber-uh nt, ab-er-] /əˈbɛr ənt, ˈæb ər-/
adjective
1.
departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
2.
deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; exceptional; abnormal.
noun
3.
an aberrant person, thing, group, etc.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin aberrant- (stem of aberrāns, present participle of aberrāre to deviate). See ab-, errant
Related forms
aberrance, aberrancy, noun
aberrantly, adverb
Can be confused
aberrant, abhorrent.
Synonyms
1. wandering. 2. divergent, unusual.
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British Dictionary definitions for aberrance

aberrant

/æˈbɛrənt/
adjective
1.
deviating from the normal or usual type, as certain animals from the group in which they are classified
2.
behaving in an abnormal or untypical way
3.
deviating from truth, morality, etc
Derived Forms
aberrance, aberrancy, noun
Word Origin
rare before c19: from the present participle of Latin aberrāre to wander away
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Word Origin and History for aberrance

aberrant

adj.

1798, originally in natural history, from Latin aberrantem (nominative aberrans), present participle of aberrare "to wander away, go astray" (see aberration).

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aberrance in Medicine

aberrant ab·er·rant (ā-běr'ənt, āb'ər-)
adj.

  1. Deviating from the usual course, as certain ducts, vessels, or nerves.

  2. Deviating from the normal; untrue to type.

  3. Out of place; ectopic.


ab·er'ran·cy n.
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