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[uh-nom-uh-luh s] /əˈnɒm ə ləs/
deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal:
Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual:
He held an anomalous position in the art world.
incongruous or inconsistent.
Grammar, irregular.
Origin of anomalous
1640-50; (< Medieval Latin, Late Latin anōmalus) < Greek anṓmalos irregular, equivalent to an- an-1 + homalós even, with ō by analogy with other Gk privatives (cf. anopheles); see homo-, -ous
Related forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Can be confused
anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anomalous
  • He conveys as few other writers have the anomalous position of being the insider who is also an outsider.
  • In the case of the gall, the plant is co-opted — it secretes compounds that promote anomalous tissue growth.
  • Bloggers are faster than the print media at identifying anomalous financial events, and often they're better at analyzing them.
  • But their status within the office and industry hierarchy remained anomalous.
  • She was too odd for disdain, too anomalous for comparisons.
  • It looks like Oz: fantastic, unexpected, anomalous.
  • In these days of personalized polarization, the close friendship between these two men seems anomalous—but instructive.
  • The bank system doesn't flag the transaction as anomalous.
  • The cheeky openness of these ads is hardly anomalous.
  • Perhaps only one who has taken data can understand the temptations to toss results that are "anomalous".
British Dictionary definitions for anomalous


deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous
Derived Forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin anōmalus, from Greek anōmalos uneven, inconsistent, from an- + homalos even, from homos one and the same
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Word Origin and History for anomalous

1640s, from Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anomalos "uneven, irregular" (see anomaly). Related: Anomalously; anomalousness.

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