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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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This brute link between abnormal activity patterns—whether induced by the spontaneous disease process or controlled by a surgeon’s electrode—and subjective experience provides support for a biological, not spiritual, origin. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about the Brain," 19 May 2020 The problems reported included abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, nausea and vomiting. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19, despite lack of evidence it’s effective," 19 May 2020 But in the new abnormal, the day can get pretty boring. Adam Grant, New York Times, "To Build Resilience in Isolation, Master the Art of Time Travel," 15 May 2020 The novelty of living amid the crisis has worn off, and the tedium of coping with the lockdown has given way to the uncomfortable reality that life will remain abnormal for the foreseeable future. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The SNL Season Finale Doesn’t Sugar Coat Pandemic Anxiety," 10 May 2020 Get rolling Tulsa's defense, which puts extra defenders in coverage an abnormal amount, was unique. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "College football 3 keys and prediction: No. 17 UC Bearcats at East Carolina Pirates," 1 Nov. 2019 The park has undergone a series of investigations to determine the reason for the abnormal amount of horse injuries and deaths. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 21: Canada elections, Protests, Brexit, Impeachment inquiry, California wildfires," 21 Oct. 2019 So, methemoglobinemia is a rare blood disorder that causes people to produce an abnormal amount of methemoglobin. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What is Methemoglobinemia? What to Know About the Rare Disorder That Turned One Woman’s Blood Blue," 19 Sep. 2019 Common problems of the cervix include benign polyps (which usually don’t cause symptoms but may produce heavy or irregular bleeding) and abnormal cells that may — but don’t usually — develop into cancer. Katherine Hobson, New York Times, "Know Your Uterus," 18 Apr. 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 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abnormal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abnormal. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for abnormal

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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