abnormal


abnormal

adjective

  1. not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard: abnormal powers of concentration; an abnormal amount of snow; abnormal behavior.
  2. extremely or excessively large: abnormal profit.

adjective

  1. not normal; deviating from the usual or typical; extraordinary
  2. informal odd in behaviour or appearance; strange
adj.

1835, displaced older abnormous (1742) and rival anormal (1835) under influence of Latin abnormis “deviating from a rule,” from ab- “off, away from” (see ab-) + norma “rule” (see norm). The older forms were via Old French anormal (13c.), from Medieval Latin anormalos, from Greek anomalos, from an- “not” + homalos, from homos “same.” The Greek word was altered in Latin by association with norma. Related: Abnormally.

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