aberrant

[ uh-ber-uhnt, ab-er- ]
/ əˈbɛr ənt, ˈæb ər- /

adjective

departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; exceptional; abnormal.

noun

an aberrant person, thing, group, etc.

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Origin of aberrant

First recorded in 1820–30, aberrant is from the Latin word aberrant- (stem of aberrāns, present participle of aberrāre to deviate). See ab-, errant

OTHER WORDS FROM aberrant

ab·er·rance, ab·er·ran·cy, nounab·er·rant·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aberrant

aberrant abhorrent
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British Dictionary definitions for aberrance

aberrant
/ (æˈbɛrənt) /

adjective

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 aberrant

aberrance 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 aberrance

aberrant
[ ă-bĕrənt, ăbər- ]

adj.

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 aberrant

ab•erran•cy n.
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