Feature or occurrence that is not normal; an aberration or irregularity; also the state of being abnormal. The term is widely used in a medical context. In psychology, because of disagreement about defining “normalness”, other terms are now preferred, such as “deviant” or “maladjusted”. In statistics, abnormality denotes variance from the norm.
Abnormal psychology concerns itself with unusual or deviant behavior, with mental disorders, and with unusual experiences reported by normal individuals. Several approaches are employed—biological, physiological, behavioral, psychodynamic, and sociological—and the subject area overlaps with that of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and parapsychology. Many of the phenomena are relevant to general psychology and are studied under its various headings.
1. An abnormal condition; SYN. abnormalcy.
2. Behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality; SYN. irregularity.
3. Marked strangeness as a consequence of being abnormal; SYN. freakishness.
4. Retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence; SYN. mental defectiveness.
Logic, non-essential; attribute not included in definition.
ETYM French accident, from Latin accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. Related to Cadence, Case.
1. A mishap; especially one causing injury or death.
2. Anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause; SYN. fortuity, chance event.
ETYM Latin anomalia, Greek. Related to Anomalous.
Something that is anomalous; Astronomy the angle between a planet, the sun and the perihelion of the planet.
1. Deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule; SYN. anomalousness.
2. A person who is unusual; SYN. unusual person.
3. (Astronomy) Position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun).
Unusual largeness in size or extent; SYN. grandness, greatness, immenseness, immensity, sizeableness, vastness.
informality / ɪnfərmæləti /
A manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously.
irregularity / ɪreɡjəlerəti /
Sinonimi: geometrical irregularity · unregularity
ETYM Cf. French irrégularité.
1. An irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern; SYN. geometrical irregularity.
2. Not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals; SYN. unregularity.