normal

[ nawr-muh l ]
/ ˈnɔr məl /
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adjective

noun

Origin of normal

1520–30; < Latin normālis made according to a carpenter's square, equivalent to norm(a) (see norm) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for unnormal

  • The small muscles about his eyes puckered with an unnormal tension while the rest of his face held its death frost.

    There is a Reaper ...|Charles V. De Vet
  • In a way it stunned her, just as the approaching storm made her unnormal, unlike herself.

    The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for unnormal

normal

/ (ˈnɔːməl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsnormality (nɔːˈmælɪtɪ) or esp US normalcy, noun

Word Origin for normal

C16: from Latin normālis conforming to the carpenter's square, from norma norm
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Word Origin and History for unnormal

normal


adj.

c.1500, "typical, common;" 1640s, "standing at a right angle," from Late Latin normalis "in conformity with rule, normal," from Latin normalis "made according to a carpenter's square," from norma "rule, pattern," literally "carpenter's square" (see norm). Meaning "conforming to common standards, usual" is from 1828, but probably older than the record [Barnhart].

As a noun meaning "usual state or condition," from 1890. Sense of "normal person or thing" is from 1894. Normal school (1834) is from French école normale (1794), a republican foundation. The city of Normal, Illinois, U.S., was named 1857 for the normal school established there.

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Medicine definitions for unnormal

normal

[ nôrməl ]

adj.

n.

The usual or the expected state, form, amount, or degree.
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