aberrant

aberrant

[uh-ber-uhnt, ab-er-]
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:
1820–30; < Latin aberrant- (stem of aberrāns, present participle of aberrāre to deviate). See ab-, errant

aberrance, aberrancy, noun
aberrantly, adverb

aberrant, abhorrent.


1. wandering. 2. divergent, unusual.
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aberrant (æˈbɛrənt)
 
adj
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
 
[rare before c19: from the present participle of Latin aberrāre to wander away]
 
ab'errance
 
n
 
ab'errancy
 
n

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Main Entry:  aberrant1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  differing from the normal or accepted way, esp. in behavior
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Main Entry:  aberrant1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any person, group, or thing that differs substantially from the usual or standard
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Main Entry:  aberrant2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  differing substantially from the usual or natural type; atypical
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Main Entry:  aberrant2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an aberrant person, group, or thing
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Main Entry:  aberrant3
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  wandering or deviating from the normal course
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Usage:  medicine
Main Entry:  aberrant4
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  out of place; ectopic
Etymology:  Latin ab- + errare 'to wander'
Usage:  medicine
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aberrant
1830, originally in natural history, from L. aberrantem (nom. aberrans), prp. of aberrare "to wonder away, go astray" (see aberration).
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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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