V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: deviating from what is normal or desirable, not typical

Synonyms: abnormal, anomalous, unusual, atypical

Antonyms: normal, common, average

Tips: Aberrant is derived from the Latin aberrare, "to go astray." Think of something or someone straying from what is normal. Aberrant is a more sophisticated way of saying "abnormal." The noun aberration refers to an abnormality or anomaly. Use anomaly to describe something that is different than what you expected and can't really be explained. (i.e: "Why the computer incorrectly processed the transaction one time out of a million is an anomaly and can't be explained.") Use aberration to describe uncharacteristic behavior that is a temporary departure from the norm. (i.e: "The usually even-tempered man's belligerent behavior was an aberration.")

Usage Examples:

My dog's aberrant behavior led me to worry that he may have been poisoned. (abnormal, atypical)

His aberrant comments made everyone wonder whether he was drunk. (abnormal, unusual)

It is usually sunny in Los Angeles; today's rain is just an aberration. (anomaly) noun

The nurse noticed an aberration in the patient's heartbeat, so she immediately called the doctor. (abnormality) noun

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