Simple Definition of eccentricity
: the quality of being strange or unusual in behavior
: an act or habit that is strange or unusual
Full Definition of eccentricity
1 a : the quality or state of being eccentric b : deviation from an established pattern or norm; especially : odd or whimsical behavior
2 a : a mathematical constant that for a given conic section is the ratio of the distances from any point of the conic section to a focus and the corresponding directrix b : the eccentricity of an astronomical orbit used as a measure of its deviation from circularity
Examples of eccentricity
Some people weren't very tolerant of his eccentricity.
Talking to her plants is one of her many eccentricities.
First Known Use of eccentricity
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