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 abnormally (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

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For example, Hirsh-Pasek said a child might urinate more on a hot day because her water intake increased and a parent seeing only a change in pattern on an app might only see something that looked abnormal, and not the harmless reason for it. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Pampers is making a 'smart' diaper. Yes, really," 19 July 2019 That's not abnormal for a smart speaker because Amazon's non-display Echo devices give recipes a similar treatment. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Smart Clock review: A small smart display that doesn’t display much," 3 June 2019 Their last game, though, was extraordinarily abnormal. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Cal returns to work after big win over Huskies; LT Will Craig out for season," 9 Sep. 2019 Just know, this is abnormal and your responses are very normal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Photo Essay: Learning to fight," 5 Sep. 2019 But 10 months after delivering her second child, her labs came back abnormal at her yearly gynecological appointment. al, "Alabama HPV vaccination rate lags nationally," 17 Aug. 2019 Second, there’s no better way to get to know what normal and abnormal is for a dog than becoming an expert in normal. Anchorage Daily News, "What do you do with bird dogs in the off-season? Love them, play with them, get to know them.," 9 July 2019 In fact, pretending that any degree of pain is abnormal or pathological will only foster feelings of inadequacy and frustration. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 But late winter snow and a wet spring have left an abnormal amount of standing water across the state. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "The *%$! mosquitoes are coming … but the #&@! gnats are already here," 7 June 2019

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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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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 abnormally (audio) \ adverb

abnormal

noun

Medical Definition of abnormal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abnormal person

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