abnormality

[ab-nawr-mal-i-tee]
noun, plural abnormalities.
1.
an abnormal condition, state, or quality; irregularity; deviation.
2.
an abnormal thing or event.
Also, abnormalcy.


Origin:
1850–55; abnormal + -ity


anomaly, aberration, peculiarity, oddity, idiosyncrasy.
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abnormality (ˌæbnɔːˈmælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  an abnormal feature, event, etc
2.  a physical malformation; deformity
3.  deviation from the typical or usual; irregularity

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Word Origin & History

abnormality
"quality of being abnormal," 1854; "abnormal feature or quality," 1859, from abnormal (q.v.). Earlier as abnormity (1731).
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abnormality ab·nor·mal·i·ty (āb'nôr-māl'ĭ-tē)
n.
An anomaly, malformation, or difference from the normal.

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