Abnormal is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of abnormal, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development
EXAMPLES - Abnormal in a Sentence
- "You see, sir, he has what they call abnormal eyesight. (source)
- This condition is also referred to as abnormal uterine bleeding. (source)
- When the act is complicated and prolonged, it is termed abnormal birth. (source)
- I do think that you are using the word abnormal as a scare tactic WHITEBREAD. (source)
- Reassures women that most breast changes-even those described as 'abnormal'-are not cancer (source)
- A false positive occurs when a specimen is called abnormal, but the cells are actually normal. (source)
- MACARTHUR: I think there's an element of it that is so apparently abnormal, that is so perverse. (source)
- Grandin, of course, knows something about this concept, having called abnormal for most of her life. (source)
- Three years ago he said they were "abnormal," with "a blockage in their normal psychological development." (source)
- So the fact that we've gone 8 months without a 10% correction could hardly be called abnormal or dangerous. (source)
- "Curative ablations were located within tissue that CT had identified as abnormal in 82 percent of the cases." (source)
- In the classroom analogy, one might classify as abnormal the extremely gifted or those with learning disabilities. (source)
- Which, if you think about it, is a roundabout way of implying that many priests are somehow abnormal, that is, lacking. (source)
- About one half of the reboots were classified as abnormal, that is, because of a system problem instead of a normal shutdown. (source)
- "We heard stories of a lesbian in Burma who was raped by her co-workers to cure her of so-called abnormal sexual practices," Innes told SSO. (source)
- The abnormal is the mirror image of the normal, or to quote the 19th century Swedish poet Erik Johan Stagnelius, "chaos is the neighbor of God". (source)
- He would soon find out that President Eisenhower did not attach the same significance to the word abnormal and had no intention of leaving Berlin. (source)
- Virchow considers that the region of the abnormal is the region of pathology, and that the study of disease must be regarded distinctly as nosology. (source)
- "I'd like there to be no 'normal' and no 'abnormal' - just a big messy boat of kids and parents trying to do their own thing without labels and stigma." (source)
- Obviously, we are watching very carefully through all means available to us for any sign of what you might call abnormal or disturbing military activity. (source)
- The existing literature leans almost uniformly toward a mispricing story for the long-term abnormal returns after the stock issues and repurchases of 1963-2006. (source)
- So it is clearly a part of the definite Christian teaching and tradition, that these so-called abnormal powers are within the reach of believers in Christianity. (source)
- The FSA defines "abnormal" movements as a rise or fall in a company's share price of more than 10% for takeovers and more than 3% for other company announcements. (source)
- The abnormal is the normal; and the most thrilling moments some of us know are the moments when we snatch an inspiration from a quarter outside our allotted circle. (source)
- I know you are upset about being discriminated against or called abnormal based on irrational thinking, but do not attempt to fight irrationality with irrationality. (source)
- In some women, indeed, whom we may hesitate to call abnormal, maternal love fails to awaken at all until brought into action through this mechanism by the act of suckling. (source)
- If we are only interested in the reboot events classified as abnormal, we arrive at an MTTF of approximately 22 days, or an annualized machine failure rate of more than 1,600%. (source)
- Many emotional states or kinds of behavior could be classified as abnormal, but labeling a person mentally ill is problematic in itself when it creates feelings of fear and shame. (source)
- Instead, that determination is made by reference to whether a characteristic is seen as normal or abnormal, which is always a subjective concept and often changes as society's values shift. (source)
- Professor Waltons explained that gayness and blackness have both been historically defined as abnormal, and this is the essential link between the struggle for minority rights and gay rights. (source)
- The normal interests him even more than the abnormal, which is the great difference between his work and that of Gorki and Andreev, as it was the most striking difference between Shakespeare and his later contemporaries. (source)
- But it is the intense significance of ordinary things, and not the abnormal, which is the main factor; it is the isolation in a homogeneous field, not the intrinsic value of the thing, which determines the marvelous phenomenon. (source)
- In 2009, 30.6% of takeover announcements generated so-called abnormal pre-announcement price movements though these statistics include people making good guesses and price rises after press speculation, as well as insider deals. (source)
- Those who hold the contrary opinion do so, apparently, because they overlook the fact that there is no distinction, save of degree, to be drawn between the laws regulating normal organisation, and those by which so-called abnormal formations are regulated. (source)
- Whatever name you want to call the abnormal things that are occurring, it is because of what I posted -- our rebellion against God, God cursed us, consequences occurred, bad stuff happens because of the rebellion, because of the curse, because of the consequences. (source)
- The experience gained from the so called abnormal cases teaches us that a connection exists between the sexual impulse and the sexual object which we are in danger of overlooking in the uniformity of normal states where the impulse seems to bring with it the object. (source)
- This is true of every marriage, even if no offspring result, just as of every eye it can be said that it is destined and formed to see, even if, in abnormal cases arising from special internal or external conditions, it will never be possible to achieve visual perception. (source)
- In a paper published just this year in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New and her colleague, pediatric endocrinologist Saroj Nimkarn of Weill Cornell Medical College, go further, constructing low interest in babies and men - and even interest in what they consider to be men's occupations and games - as "abnormal," and potentially preventable with prenatal dex: (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "abnormal" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 37 synonyms for abnormal.
aberrant, anomalistic, anomalous, atypical, bizarre, curious, deviant, deviate, deviating, divergent, eccentric, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, funny, grody, gross, heteroclite, heterodox, heteromorphic, irregular, odd, off-base, off-color, out of line, peculiar, preternatural, queer, screwy, spastic, strange, uncommon, unexpected, unnatural, unorthodox, unusual, weird
We have 12 antonyms for abnormal.
common, conforming, conventional, customary, expected, familiar, normal, ordinary, regular, standard, straight, usual
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abnormal from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Not typical, usual, or regular; not normal; deviant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A person or object that is not normal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Not conformed to rule or system; deviating from the type; anomalous; irregular.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Not conformed or conforming to rule; deviating from a type or standard; contrary to system or law; irregular; unnatural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development
- (adjective) much greater than the normal
- (adjective) not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm