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anomalous

[uh-nom-uh-luh s] /əˈnɒm ə ləs/
adjective
1.
deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal:
Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
2.
not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual:
He held an anomalous position in the art world.
3.
incongruous or inconsistent.
4.
Grammar. irregular.
Origin of anomalous
1640-1650
1640-50; (< Medieval Latin, Late Latin anōmalus) < Greek anṓmalos irregular, equivalent to an- an-1 + homalós even, with ō by analogy with other Gk privatives (cf. anopheles); see homo-, -ous
Related forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Can be confused
anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous.
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  • It is not anomalous, but more like and not less like other men.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • But how comes it, Phil, that they have never discovered their anomalous position?'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • What was anomalous in my position had passed away with the next outward mail.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • Difformis: irregular in form or outline: not comparable; anomalous.

British Dictionary definitions for anomalous

anomalous

/əˈnɒmələs/
adjective
1.
deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous
Derived Forms
anomalously, adverb
anomalousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin anōmalus, from Greek anōmalos uneven, inconsistent, from an- + homalos even, from homos one and the same
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Word Origin and History for anomalous
adj.

1640s, from Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anomalos "uneven, irregular" (see anomaly). Related: Anomalously; anomalousness.

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