Adjective "Abnormal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying.
  1. 'Crime, rather than being abnormal and uncommon, may be considered a routine part of life.'
  2. 'The level was so high that a second reading was taken and although this was lower it was still so abnormal as to be fatal.'
  3. 'Seabed sensors detect abnormal wave movements and relay the information to scientists.'
  4. 'My greatest work was the reconstruction of a congenitally abnormal heart.'
  5. 'All women are supposedly naturally maternal and any woman who rejects this role is seen as deviant and abnormal.'
  6. 'Every episode marked him, though there is no evidence of any abnormal behaviour.'
  7. 'His abnormal memory power is not restricted just to the game, but aids him in his office work.'
  8. 'The boy told the court his behaviour had been abnormal and not the sort of thing he wanted to do in the future.'
  9. 'The condition is rare and is caused by the inheritance of an abnormal gene from an affected parent.'
  10. 'Some abnormal smears do in fact revert to normal without treatment, but some go on to become cancerous.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be abnormal in environments."

"times can be abnormal in patients."

"tests can be abnormal on diets."

"specimens can be abnormal with colitises."

"situations can be abnormal for times."

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Mid 19th century: alteration (by association with Latin abnormis ‘monstrous’) of 16th-century anormal, from French, variant of anomal, via Latin from Greek anōmalos (see anomalous).