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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.

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. Gordon Muir:

    People have real-life problems because of this, we see guys get to age 40 who've never had a relationship before, because they believe they're abnormal and now doctors can tell them they're normal.

  2. John Higgins:

    There's been several cases described of people that have gone into cardiac arrest after consuming more than one energy beverage, and when they've done sort of further analysis on these individuals, they haven't been able to find anything abnormal other than the very high levels of caffeine and taurine in the toxicology, in one case, a young 28-year-old who drunk eight cans of an energy drink actually went into cardiac arrest, and they found John Higgins arteries of John Higgins heart were completely locked up. When they were able to open them up, all the testing revealed nothing wrong with this person other than he had high levels of caffeine and taurine.

  3. Camille Paglia:

    In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.

  4. Debbie Dills:

    He wasn't doing anything abnormal, he wasn't driving slow. He was just driving. He just kept going.

  5. Mujab Patel:

    Internet service is deliberately closed down during the pre market trading opening time whenever the share market sees abnormal drop

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