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ABNORMAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abnormal mean? 

ABNORMAL (adjective)
  The adjective ABNORMAL has 3 senses:

1. not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm
2. departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development
3. much greater than the normal

  Familiarity information: ABNORMAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABNORMAL (adjective)


Sense 1abnormal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm

Context examples:

abnormal powers of concentration / abnormal amounts of rain / abnormal circumstances / an abnormal interest in food

Similar:

vicarious (occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function)

supernormal (exceeding the normal or average)

subnormal (below normal or average)

kinky; perverted ((used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes)

freakish (characteristic of a freak)

defective (markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior)

brachydactylic; brachydactylous (having abnormally short finger or toes)

atypical; irregular (deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal)

antidromic (conducting nerve impulses in a direction opposite to normal)

anomalous (deviating from the general or common order or type)

aberrant; deviant; deviate (markedly different from an accepted norm)

Also:

insane (afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement)

Attribute:

normalcy; normality (being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning)

Antonym:

normal (conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal)


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Meaning:

Departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development

Context examples:

they were heartbroken when they learned their child was abnormal / an abnormal personality

Similar:

exceptional (deviating widely from a norm of physical or mental ability; used especially of children below normal in intelligence)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Antonym:

normal (being approximately average or within certain limits in e.g. intelligence and development)


Sense 3abnormal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Much greater than the normal

Context examples:

abnormal profits / abnormal ambition

Similar:

immoderate (not within reasonable limits)


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