What does abnormal mean?

Definitions for abnormal
æbˈnɔr məlab·nor·mal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abnormal, unnaturaladjective

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

    "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food"

  2. abnormaladjective

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

    "they were heartbroken when they learned their child was abnormal"; "an abnormal personality"

  3. abnormaladjective

    much greater than the normal

    "abnormal profits"; "abnormal ambition"


  1. abnormalnoun

    A person or object that is not normal.

  2. abnormaladjective

    Not conforming to rule or system; deviating from the usual or normal type.

  3. abnormaladjective

    Of or pertaining to behaviour that deviates from norms of social propriety or accepted standards of mental health.

  4. Etymology: * First attested in 1835.


  1. abnormal

    Abnormality (or dysfunctional behavior) is a behavioral characteristic assigned to those with conditions that are regarded as rare or dysfunctional. Behavior is considered to be abnormal when it is atypical or out of the ordinary, consists of undesirable behavior, and results in impairment in the individual's functioning. Abnormality in behavior, is that in which is considered deviant from specific societal, cultural and ethical expectations. These expectations are broadly dependent on age, gender, traditional and societal categorizations. The definition of abnormal behavior is an often debated issue in abnormal psychology, because of these subjective variables. Abnormal behavior should not be confused with unusual behavior. Behavior that is out of the ordinary is not necessarily indicative of a mental or psychological disorder. Abnormal behavior, on the other hand, while not a mental disorder in itself, is often an indicator of a possible mental and/or psychological disorder. A psychological disorder is defined as an "ongoing dysfunctional pattern of thought, emotion, and behavior that causes significant distress, and is considered deviant in that person's culture or society". Abnormal behavior, as it relates to psychological disorders, would be "ongoing" and a cause of "significant distress". A mental disorder describes a patient who has a medical condition whereby the medical practitioner makes a judgment that the patient is exhibiting abnormal behavior based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria. Thus, simply because a behavior is unusual it does not make it abnormal; it is only considered abnormal if it meets these criteria. The DSM-5 is used by both researchers and clinicians in diagnosing a potential mental disorder. The criteria needed to be met in the DSM-5 vary for each mental disorder.Unlike physical abnormalities in one's health where symptoms are objective, psychology health professionals cannot use objective symptoms when evaluating someone for abnormalities in behavior.


  1. abnormal

    Abnormal refers to anything that deviates from what is considered normal or usual; it is something that does not conform to standard, expected, or established patterns or behavior. This deviation can refer to various areas such as behavior, physical characteristics, occurrences, or conditions in the context of health, finance, science, and social situations.

  2. abnormal

    Abnormal refers to anything that deviates from what is considered as normal, usual or expected. This can pertain to behavior, appearance, conditions, events, or phenomena that substantially differ from the standard, typical, or average. Abnormality can be associated with health disorders, anomalies in different contexts, or unusual and uncharacteristic behavior. It inherently carries a negative or unusual connotation, but it does depend on the context it's used in. Please note it does not always represent something harmful or dangerous.

  3. abnormal

    Abnormal refers to anything that deviates from what is considered normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying. This can apply to a wide range of fields, including health conditions, behaviors, statistical patterns, and more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abnormaladjective

    not conformed to rule or system; deviating from the type; anomalous; irregular

  2. Etymology: [For earlier anormal, F. anormal, LL. anormalus for anomalus, Gr. . Confused with L. abnormis. See Anomalous, Abnormous, Anormal.]


  1. Abnormal

    Abnormal is the eighth studio album by recording artist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal released in July 2008. Abnormal is Thal's first solo release as a member of Guns N' Roses. Abnormal is the follow-up to Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal's previous offering Normal, a hard rock album flavored with a light-hearted mix of different styles and genres, with catchy hooks and blistering guitar work. Abnormal is a continuation of a very personal tale. If Normal was the first chapter, then Abnormal is the second chapter of the same book. Normal was a tale about how his life looked when he wrote the album. Abnormal is a tale about his life three years later, after touring with Guns N' Roses and after all those things that changed his life. It’s like yin and yang. Abnormal is the next element of a puzzle, which permits to get to know better the painting sketched at Normal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abnormal

    ab-nor′mal, adj. not normal or according to rule: irregular—also Abnor′mous.—ns. Abnormal′ity, Abnor′mity.—adv. Abnor′mally. [L. ab, away from, and Normal.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. abnormal

    To have intelligence, character or genius; to be less stupid than one's neighbor; to be better than the worst; to be one's self. _E. g._, the writer of these lines.


  1. Abnormal

    outside the usual range or course; not normal.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abnormal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abnormal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of abnormal in a Sentence

  1. Kim Dong-yup:

    Kim had dreamed of becoming the president of North Korea and he effectively made it come true, he has long sought to shake off the abnormal military-first policy the country has stuck to for a long time.

  2. Nicole Schwegman:

    The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier's flight operations, while the Iranian UAV's actions posed no danger to the ship, it was, however, abnormal and unprofessional.

  3. Xiao Gang:

    The abnormal stock market volatility has revealed an immature market, inexperienced investors, an imperfect trading system and inappropriate supervision mechanisms.

  4. Kevin Stephens:

    Because the UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier's flight operations (since it wasn't flying at the time), we determined that ... the Iranian UAV's actions posed no danger to the ship, it was however, abnormal and unprofessional.

  5. Avielle Foundation:

    Jeremy Richman was deeply devoted to supporting research into brain abnormalities that are linked to abnormal behavior and to promoting brain health. Tragically, Jeremy Richman death speaks to how insidious and formidable a challenge brain health can be and how critical it is for all of us to seek help for ourselves, our loved ones and anyone who we suspect may be in need, jeremy's mission will be carried on by the many who love Jeremy Richman, including many who share the heartache and trauma that Jeremy Richman has suffered since December 14, 2012. We are crushed to pieces, but this important work will continue, because, as Jeremy Richman would say, we have to.

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