abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ (ˌ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) , əb- \

Definition of abnormal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deviating from the normal or average a person with abnormal [=exceptional] strength abnormal powers of concentration often : unusual in an unwelcome or problematic way abnormal behavior abnormal test results

abnormal

noun

Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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Other Words from abnormal

Adjective

abnormally \ (ˌ)ab-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce abnormal (audio) , əb-​ \ adverb
behaving abnormally

Examples of abnormal in a Sentence

Adjective The results of the blood test were abnormal. a completely abnormal school day, because half of the kids were out sick
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the Spurs last season, what went on outside the lines last season was fairly abnormal as well. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ path to normal begins in Memphis," 22 Dec. 2020 Seizures are like storms in the brain—sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity that can cause disturbances in movement, behavior, feelings and awareness. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Forecasts of Epilepsy Seizures Could Become a Reality," 18 Dec. 2020 Founded by University of Cambridge mathematicians, Darktrace uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) modeled on the human immune system to detect abnormal activity in the Vatican’s digital systems, writes Brian Boucher for artnet News. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Vatican Library Enlists Artificial Intelligence to Protect Its Digitized Treasures," 11 Nov. 2020 The violent seizures result from abnormal brain activity but can be triggered from an array of health issues. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Fighting back: Cancer survivor’s inspiring story brings Meadows Turkey Bowl’s mission close to home," 10 Nov. 2020 In terms of academic rigor, professors at my school continue to challenge students to think critically and engage with course materials despite the abnormal circumstances. WSJ, "Is Remote Learning an ‘Easy A’?," 15 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, the Wolves will open training camp under these abnormal circumstances and try to find chemistry among a group that has undergone several changes in the hectic draft/free agency period of the last month. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Wolves prepare to open camp, take court for first time in nine months," 6 Dec. 2020 In fact, the abnormal circumstances of the experience might actually have sped that process up tenfold. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "A New Bachelorette Teaser Hints That Clare Crawley’s Abrupt Exit Will Be Shown This Season," 4 Aug. 2020 Even if his surroundings have frequently been abnormal. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Broadcasting road games from a kitchen. Cobwebs in the seats. For Jeff Joniak, voice of the Chicago Bears, Season 20 has been unlike any other.," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Primed for speed and for the social distancing of the new abnormal, Toro Coffee does its thing exclusively at the drive-thru, with a window on each side of this white box building near Rackspace on the Northeast Side. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 great new coffee shops for a San Antonio wake-up call: Cultura, Laika Cheesecake & Espresso, Revolución Coffee + Juice, Tandem and Toro Coffee," 28 Jan. 2021 Several in the Santiam district spoke to The Oregonian/OregonLive about what’s become a catchphrase of the double bind -- the new abnormal. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires heap emotional trauma on children already suffering from coronavirus pandemic," 20 Oct. 2020 The abnormal of 2020 continued through this game as lightning delayed the game by more than half an hour late in the third quarter, and with 3:52 remaining in the game, half of the stadium's lighting went out. al, "Clay-Chalkville cruises past Shades Valley 37-19 in season opener," 22 Aug. 2020 Welcome to the Charles Schwab Challenge and the PGA Tour’s new abnormal. Dallas News, "This year’s Charles Schwab at Colonial will be memorable. Hopefully for good sanitization, but definitely for the silence.," 12 June 2020 The emergence of a new abnormal will depend on several factors. Eric M. Stone, STAT, "Covid-19 is changing the game for health care companies and investors," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of abnormal

Adjective

1817, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abnormal

Adjective

New Latin abnormis "deviating from the average" (going back to Medieval Latin, "not conforming to rule," going back to Latin, "belonging to no school of philosophy," from ab- ab- + norma "carpenter's rule, pattern") + -al entry 1 — more at norm

Noun

noun derivative of abnormal entry 1

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The first known use of abnormal was in 1817

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22 Feb 2021

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“Abnormal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormal. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) \

Kids Definition of abnormal

: differing from the normal usually in a noticeable way an abnormal growth

Other Words from abnormal

abnormally adverb abnormally small

abnormal

adjective
ab·​nor·​mal | \ (ˈ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce abnormal (audio) \

Medical Definition of abnormal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deviating from the normal, average, or expected abnormal development results of the Pap smear were abnormal abnormal actions departing from accepted standards of social behavior

Other Words from abnormal

abnormally \ -​mə-​lē How to pronounce abnormal (audio) \ adverb

abnormal

noun

Medical Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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