Not typical, usual, or regular; not normal; deviant.
[Alteration (influenced by AB-1) of obsolete anormal, from Medieval Latin anormālis, blend of Late Latin abnormis (Latin ab-, away from; see AB-1 + Latin norma, rule; see gnō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) and anōmalus; see ANOMALOUS.]
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