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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]


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


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)


insane (afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement)


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


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

Sense 2abnormal [BACK TO TOP]


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


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)


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

Sense 3abnormal [BACK TO TOP]


Much greater than the normal

Context examples:

abnormal profits / abnormal ambition


immoderate (not within reasonable limits)

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