anomalous

[ uh-nom-uh-luhs ]
/ əˈnɒm ə ləs /

adjective

deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal: Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual: He held an anomalous position in the art world.
incongruous or inconsistent.
Grammar. irregular.

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Origin of anomalous

First recorded in 1640–50; from Medieval Latin, Late Latin anōmalus, or directly from Greek anṓmalos “irregular,” equivalent to an- “not, lacking”an-1 + homalós “even,” with ō by analogy with other Greek privatives (cf. anopheles); see an-1, homo-, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM anomalous

a·nom·a·lous·ly, adverba·nom·a·lous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH anomalous

anomalous , anonymous, euonymus, unanimous
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British Dictionary definitions for anomalous

anomalous
/ (əˈnɒmələs) /

adjective

deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous

Derived forms of anomalous

anomalously, adverbanomalousness, noun

Word Origin for anomalous

C17: from Late Latin anōmalus, from Greek anōmalos uneven, inconsistent, from an- + homalos even, from homos one and the same
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