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


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


an aberrant person, thing, group, etc.

Nearby words

  1. aberdonian,
  2. aberfan,
  3. abernathy,
  4. abernathy, ralph david,
  5. abernethy,
  6. aberrant ductule,
  7. aberrant goiter,
  8. aberrant regeneration,
  9. aberrantly,
  10. aberrated

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

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

Can be confusedaberrant 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 Formsaberrance or aberrancy, noun

Word Origin for aberrant

rare before c19: from the present participle of Latin aberrāre to wander away

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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).

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Medicine definitions for aberrant


[ ă-bĕrənt, ăbər- ]


Deviating from the usual course, as certain ducts, vessels, or nerves.
Deviating from the normal; untrue to type.
Out of place; ectopic.
Related formsab•erran•cy n.

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