[ uh-ber-uhnt, ab-er- ]
/ əˈbɛr ənt, ˈæb ər- /
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departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; exceptional; abnormal.
an aberrant person, thing, group, etc.
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Origin of aberrant
OTHER WORDS FROM aberrantab·er·rance, ab·er·ran·cy, nounab·er·rant·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aberrantaberrant , abhorrent
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British Dictionary definitions for aberrant
/ (æˈbɛrənt) /
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
Derived forms of aberrantaberrance or aberrancy, noun
Word Origin for aberrant
rare before c19: from the present participle of Latin aberrāre to wander away
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Medical definitions for aberrant
[ ă-bĕr′ənt, ăb′ər- ]
Deviating from the usual course, as certain ducts, vessels, or nerves.
Deviating from the normal; untrue to type.
Out of place; ectopic.
Other words from aberrantab•er′ran•cy n.
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