Definition of anomalous in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnämələs/


Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected: an anomalous situation sentences that are grammatically anomalous
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  • If indeed a chemical reaction is taking place we have another very anomalous situation.
  • First, and most importantly, it will bring to an end an anomalous exception to the basic premise that there should be a remedy for a wrong.
  • The situation was in practical terms unenforceable and grossly anomalous.
abnormal, atypical, irregular, aberrant, exceptional, freak, freakish, odd, bizarre, peculiar, unusual, out of the ordinary;
deviant, mutant
formal heteroclite



Pronunciation: /əˈnämələslē/
Example sentences
  • ‘The issue, really, this year is the anomalously warm sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic,’ said Frank Lepore of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
  • It's added a rare touch of glamour to the club, whose space-age stadium squats anomalously on the edge of a determinedly humdrum town.
  • The number of calves born in 1999 and 2000 was found to be low following two feeding seasons that were shortened by anomalously cold winters with extensive ice coverage.


Example sentences
  • ‘To imagine oneself a gypsy,’ she writes, ‘is to escape, in some sense, from conventional femininity; it is also to claim kinship with those who mirror and explain one's anomalousness’.
  • It shows the degree of anomalousness with respect to best fitting class at each location.
  • Our design maintains records of event likelihood, from which we approximate the anomalousness of a given packet.


Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek anōmalos (from an- 'not' + homalos 'even') + -ous.

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Syllabification: a·nom·a·lous

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