aberrant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aberrāns, present active participle of aberrō (go astray; err), from ab (from) + errō (to wander).[1] See aberr.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈbɛɹ.n̩t/, /ˈæ.bəɹ.n̩t/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əbˈɛɹ.n̩t/, /ˈæ.bəɹ.n̩t/

Adjective[edit]

aberrant (comparative more aberrant, superlative most aberrant)

  1. Differing from the norm. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the early 17th century.][3]
  2. (sometimes figuratively) Straying from the right way; deviating from morality or truth. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][3]
  3. (botany, zoology) Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; exceptional; abnormal. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][3]
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, On the Origin of the Species:
      The more aberrant any form is, the greater must have been the number of connecting forms which, on my theory, have been exterminated.

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Noun[edit]

aberrant (plural aberrants)

  1. A person or object that deviates from the rest of a group.
  2. (biology) A group, individual, or structure that deviates from the usual or natural type, especially with an atypical chromosome number.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Aberrant at Dictionary.com
  2. ^ “aberrant” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 “aberrant” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 4.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin aberrant-, stem of aberrāns, present active participle of aberrō (go astray; err).

Adjective[edit]

aberrant (masculine and feminine plural aberrants)

  1. aberrant
  2. (pathology) aberrant (indicating an organ or other tissue which is not in its expected location)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aberrant-, stem of aberrāns, present active participle of aberrō (go astray; err).

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Adjective[edit]

aberrant (feminine singular aberrante, masculine plural aberrants, feminine plural aberrantes)

  1. aberrant, abnormal or anomalous.
  2. (sciences) Which is impossible according to the norms or rules.

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German[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

aberrant (comparative aberranter, superlative am aberrantesten)

  1. aberrant

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

aberrant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of aberrō