Meaning of ABERRANT in English


I. a-ˈber-ənt, ə-, -ˈbe-rənt; ˈa-bə-rənt, -ˌber-ənt, -ˌbe-rənt adjective

Etymology: Latin aberrant-, aberrans, present participle of aberrare to go astray, from ab- + errare to wander, err

Date: circa 1780

1. : straying from the right or normal way

2. : deviating from the usual or natural type : atypical

• ab·er·rance -ən(t)s noun

• ab·er·ran·cy -ən(t)-sē noun

• ab·er·rant·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1938

1. : an aberrant group, individual, or structure

2. : a person whose behavior departs substantially from the standard

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