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[ih-reg-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ɪˌrɛg yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural irregularities for 2, 3.
the quality or state of being irregular.
something irregular.
a breach of rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc.
occasional mild constipation.
Origin of irregularity
1275-1325; Middle English irregularite < Old French < Medieval Latin irrēgulāritās. See ir-2, regularity Unabridged
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  • But the sled's joints are still loosely bound to allow it to move flexibly over irregularities in the snow and ice.
  • The bumps and irregularities in the roads mean that the teams can't gain as high mileage as they would on a track.
  • The trade is fraught with permit irregularities and loopholes.
  • Deformities and other irregularities in frogs are debated among scientists.
  • The university insists that the medical school is on solid financial footing and that no such irregularities existed.
  • If on balance the candidate's teaching and research are on the cutting edge, these irregularities won't be a problem.
  • The versification, of course, is brought up to date and irregularities disappear.
  • Her tears for his irregularities were not shed in vain.
  • And whereas slight stopping may venture on small irregularities, full stopping that is incorrect is also unpardonable.
  • In all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty.
British Dictionary definitions for irregularities


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being irregular
something irregular, such as a bump in a smooth surface
a breach of a convention or normal procedure
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Word Origin and History for irregularities



early 14c., "violation of Church rules," from Old French irregularité (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin irregularitas, from irregularis (see irregular). Meaning "state of being not regular" is from 1590s.

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