ab·​er·​ran·​cy | \ a-ˈber-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce aberrancy (audio) , ə-, -ˈbe-rən(t)-; ˈa-bə-rən(t)- How to pronounce aberrancy (audio) , -ˌber-ən(t)-, -ˌbe-rən(t)- \
plural aberrancies

Definition of aberrancy

: the quality or state of being aberrant : deviation from what is known, usual, or expected Sleep is a sophisticated behavior, just like walking and thinking, with its own set of age-related norms and plenty of room for idiosyncrasy, aberrancy and downright criminal behavior.— Abigail Zuger also : an instance of such deviation It's presented in the media as if it's an aberrancy, when actually it's the rule. — David Brown But each song follows the rules of the genre it is spoofing, with no aberrancies beyond the lyrics, and the song lyrics are always meant to rhyme. — Tex Kerschen

First Known Use of aberrancy

1646, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Aberrancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aberrancy. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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