[uh-ber-uh nt, ab-er-]
- departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
- deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; exceptional; abnormal.
- an aberrant person, thing, group, etc.
Origin of aberrant
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1. wandering. 2. divergent, unusual.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- deviating from the normal or usual type, as certain animals from the group in which they are classified
- behaving in an abnormal or untypical way
- deviating from truth, morality, etc
rare before c19: from the present participle of Latin aberrāre to wander away
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Word Origin and History for aberrancy
1798, originally in natural history, from Latin aberrantem (nominative aberrans), present participle of aberrare "to wander away, go astray" (see aberration).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Deviating from the usual course, as certain ducts, vessels, or nerves.
- Deviating from the normal; untrue to type.
- Out of place; ectopic.
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