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abnormal

adjective ab·nor·mal \ (ˌ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl , əb- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of abnormal

: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

abnormally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb
    • behaving abnormally

Examples of abnormal in a Sentence

  1. The results of the blood test were abnormal.

  2. a completely abnormal school day, because half of the kids were out sick

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Origin and Etymology of abnormal

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") + 1-al — more at norm


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abnormal

noun

Definition of abnormal

:an abnormal person

Origin and Etymology of abnormal

noun derivative of 1abnormal


ABNORMAL Defined for Kids

abnormal

adjective ab·nor·mal \ ab-ˈnȯr-məl \

Definition of abnormal for Students

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

abnormally

adverb
  • abnormally small

Medical Dictionary

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abnormal

adjective ab·nor·mal \ (ˈ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl \

medical Definition of abnormal

: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

abnormally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

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abnormal

noun

medical Definition of abnormal

:an abnormal person


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