anomalous

adjective
anom·​a·​lous | \ ə-ˈnä-mə-ləs How to pronounce anomalous (audio) \

Definition of anomalous

1 : inconsistent with or deviating from what is usual, normal, or expected : irregular, unusual Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.
2a : of uncertain nature or classification an anomalous figure in the world of politics
b : marked by incongruity or contradiction : paradoxical

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Other Words from anomalous

anomalously adverb
anomalousness noun

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irregular, anomalous, unnatural mean not conforming to rule, law, or custom. irregular implies not conforming to a law or regulation imposed for the sake of uniformity in method, practice, or conduct. concerned about his irregular behavior anomalous implies not conforming to what might be expected because of the class or type to which it belongs or the laws that govern its existence. her drive made her an anomalous figure in a sleepy organization unnatural suggests what is contrary to nature or to principles or standards felt to be essential to the well-being of civilized society. prisoners treated with unnatural cruelty

Examples of anomalous in a Sentence

Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results. that was an anomalous year for the housing industry, so the number of starts is anything but typical
Recent Examples on the Web The history of Williams Selyem has always been anomalous. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "With the big Williams Selyem deal, a California wine icon aims to avoids a common fate: a soulless private equity future," 14 Jan. 2021 Given the anomalous nature of this year, the trends may not represent a death knell for malls, according to ICSC Chief Executive Officer Tom McGee. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Fewer U.S. shoppers say they’re going to the mall this holiday season," 15 Oct. 2020 There was broad, cross-class consent for a historically anomalous formula—full employment, inflated salaries, high taxes, endless consumption, and generous public subsidies. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 The next year, the Supreme Court decided, after refusing more than 20 times, to revisit an anomalous 1972 decision in which the high court upheld split jury verdicts in state courtrooms, but not federal ones. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "More than 1,500 Louisiana inmates were convicted by divided juries, new report says," 17 Nov. 2020 The coast isn’t the only area that will see anomalous weather this week. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Dry heat, wet feet: Record temperatures and king tides collide in Southern California," 16 Nov. 2020 Climate change is definitely contributing to the anomalous warmth: Average sea surface temperatures have been steadily rising since the late 19th century. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Did climate change drive 2020's epic hurricane season? It’s complicated.," 10 Nov. 2020 While many Washingtonians may embrace this favorable weather, the extended stretch of anomalous warmth is yet another reminder of climate change, which has warmed the region’s weather substantially over the last 150 years. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C. starts what could be historic stretch of November warmth," 5 Nov. 2020 Given the anomalous nature of this year, the trends may not represent a death knell for malls, according to ICSC Chief Executive Officer Tom McGee. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Fewer U.S. shoppers say they’re going to the mall this holiday season," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of anomalous

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anomalous

Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anōmalos, literally, uneven, from a- + homalos even, from homos same — more at same

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22 Jan 2021

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“Anomalous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anomalous. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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anomalous

adjective
How to pronounce anomalous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of anomalous

somewhat formal : not expected or usual

anomalous

adjective
anom·​a·​lous | \ ə-ˈnä-mə-ləs How to pronounce anomalous (audio) \

Kids Definition of anomalous

: not regular or usual anomalous test results

anomalous

adjective
anom·​a·​lous | \ ə-ˈnäm-ə-ləs How to pronounce anomalous (audio) \

Medical Definition of anomalous

: deviating from normal anomalous development anomalous pulmonary venous drainagePhysicians' Current Procedural Terminology specifically : having abnormal vision with respect to a particular color but not color-blind she was almost red anomalousNature

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