Origin of abnormal
Examples from the Web for abnormal
The problem, though, is that this advice presumes that death threats are rare and abnormal.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the system booted up, Beck noticed that an abnormal number of terminals were active.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories|Tim Mak|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Robyn was in her senior year of college in January 2008 when she found out she had an abnormal pap smear.
Erica was 22 when her doctor called her and said she had an abnormal pap smear.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks says the syndrome helps give the Team USA goalie ‘abnormal quickness.’Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field|Michael Daly|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is not an abnormal action, but is of necessity, or asphyxia would instantly result and the runner would drop.
The conversation, freed by the sense of the abnormal, rose about me without restriction.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
She felt it abnormal, just as she recognized the essential if duly veiled normality of her husband and younger son.The Patrician|John Galsworthy
Disease, as he viewed it, was primarily the result of abnormal conditions of living.Swirling Waters|Max Rittenberg
There is also much doubt as to the way in which the statisticians have used the term "abnormal" or "defective."Mentally Defective Children|Alfred Binet
British Dictionary definitions for abnormal
Word Origin for abnormal
Word Origin and History for abnormal
1835, displaced older abnormous (1742) and rival anormal (1835) under influence of Latin abnormis "deviating from a rule," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + norma "rule" (see norm). The older forms were via Old French anormal (13c.), from Medieval Latin anormalos, from Greek anomalos, from an- "not" + homalos, from homos "same." The Greek word was altered in Latin by association with norma. Related: Abnormally.