Adjective "anomalous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.
  1. 'sentences which are grammatically anomalous'
  2. 'If indeed a chemical reaction is taking place we have another very anomalous situation.'
  3. 'For a country aspiring to join the European Union, to tolerate such behaviour was anomalous, he said.'
  4. 'It was already known empirically that this was the case, but no one had been able to understand why this apparently anomalous behaviour should be so.'
  5. 'There was some sort of anomalous weather pattern that went through eastern Pennsylvania.'
  6. 'And if you really are too stupid to understand it, how can you claim its findings are counterintuitive and anomalous?'
  7. 'Crime fiction offers a framework in which to pursue our curiosity about anomalous behaviour, it hooks us, as might a car crash on the motorway.'
  8. 'First, and most importantly, it will bring to an end an anomalous exception to the basic premise that there should be a remedy for a wrong.'
  9. 'Media analysts tend to overlook how anomalous the existence of a big, central media is in this country.'
  10. 'They are framed as women first and politicians second, and they're seen as anomalous.'
  11. 'Down through the ages philosophers and poets have mused on humankind's anomalous place within the natural order.'


1. deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal: Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.

2. not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual: He held an anomalous position in the art world.

3. incongruous or inconsistent.

4. Grammar. irregular.

More examples(as adjective)

"menlikes can be anomalous in appeals."

"bodies can be anomalous to people."

"positions can be anomalous."

"situations can be anomalous."

"results can be anomalous."

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Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek anōmalos (from an- ‘not’ + homalos ‘even’) + -ous.