- 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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Examples from the Web for aberrant
Turmeric could have important abilities in healing and preventing brain damage—or this could be an aberrant finding.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
It means that only the parent, which is presumably not immortal, is aberrant.Greener Than You Think
The aberrant forms then cease to be, and the mores become uniform.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
If there has been inheritance here, marked and aberrant variation is also observed.Prehistoric Man
W. L. H. Duckworth
Besides the Lemurs the group includes the aberrant Tarsius and Chiromys.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
It is, like the Wombat, aberrant in the lack of an obvious tail.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
- 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
Word Origin and History for aberrant
1798, originally in natural history, from Latin aberrantem (nominative aberrans), present participle of aberrare "to wander away, go astray" (see aberration).
- Deviating from the usual course, as certain ducts, vessels, or nerves.
- Deviating from the normal; untrue to type.
- Out of place; ectopic.