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abnormal

[ab-nawr-muh l] /æbˈnɔr məl/
adjective
1.
not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard:
abnormal powers of concentration; an abnormal amount of snow; abnormal behavior.
2.
extremely or excessively large:
abnormal profit.
Origin of abnormal
1850-1855
1850-55; ab- + normal; replacing anormal < Medieval Latin anōrmālus, variant of anōmālus anomalous influenced by Latin norma norm
Related forms
abnormally, adverb
abnormalness, noun
superabnormal, adjective
superabnormally, adverb
Can be confused
abnormal, subnormal.
Synonyms
1. anomalous, aberrant, irregular, deviant, unnatural, odd. See irregular.
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  • This being so, we may very roughly describe all illusion as abnormal.

    Illusions James Sully
  • It was composed of the grim psychological laws that govern the abnormal.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • A practical question is, How far could such a congregation lapse into an abnormal state and still be a church of God?

    The Last Reformation F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
  • Mine had been a solitary life, an unusual, abnormal kind of life.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Fatigue, of course, may also be due to the absence of such means or to abnormal conditions originated by functioning itself.

British Dictionary definitions for abnormal

abnormal

/æbˈnɔːməl/
adjective
1.
not normal; deviating from the usual or typical; extraordinary
2.
(informal) odd in behaviour or appearance; strange
Derived Forms
abnormally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: ab-1 + normal, replacing earlier anormal from Medieval Latin anormalus, a blend of Late Latin anōmalusanomalous + Latin abnormis departing from a rule
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Word Origin and History for abnormal
adj.

1835, displaced older abnormous (1742) and rival anormal (1835) under influence of Latin abnormis "deviating from a rule," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + norma "rule" (see norm). The older forms were via Old French anormal (13c.), from Medieval Latin anormalos, from Greek anomalos, from an- "not" + homalos, from homos "same." The Greek word was altered in Latin by association with norma. Related: Abnormally.

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