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Wednesday, November 25

Anomalous

[ə-NAM-ə-ləs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, mid 17th century

1.

Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.

Examples of Anomalous in a sentence

"The instrument's readings were anomalous, so the captain decided to radio for help."

"The results were anomalous, leading the scientists to revise the experiment from the beginning."

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About Anomalous

Anomalous comes from the Greek word "anōmalos," which translates to "not even."

Did you Know?

An "anomaly" is the noun form of the adjective "anomalous." If you call something "an anomaly" it implies that it's out of the norm. To dig a little deeper, use the adjective to describe exactly WHAT is anomalous. Is it the color? The way it makes you feel? Use your words.

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