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deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; ; abnormal:
Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual:
He held an anomalous position in the art world.
incongruous or inconsistent.
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Contemporary Examples

The recent auction records are not as anomalous as they may appear.
The Next Art Bubble Vikram Mansharamani April 12, 2011

The bank acknowledges that it has some problems, but says they are anomalous.
The Money-Laundering Vatican Bank Comes Clean Barbie Latza Nadeau May 18, 2014

On the Simenon bookshelf, it stands alone, anomalous, and awkwardly aloof.
Belgium’s Master of Noir Nathaniel Rich December 3, 2010

Portman owes his anomalous success to a mix of skill, money—and dumb luck.
Tea Party on the Run Benjamin Sarlin October 5, 2010

No matter the name, the purported “anomalous primate” has long been the subject of a cycle of stories and skepticism.
Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real Elizabeth Picciuto July 2, 2014

Historical Examples

Whatever the origin of his title, it well expressed the anomalous and undefined position of the midshipman.
From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life Captain A. T. Mahan

What was anomalous in my position had passed away with the next outward mail.
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

He admitted that this was an anomalous course of legislation, and that the board would be entrusted with extraordinary powers.
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. E. Farr and E. H. Nolan

The appearance of these two girls in this earthy family was anomalous.
The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick

Before the vast blazing pile a hideous, anomalous mob clad in indescribable rags and tatters, danced with furious, drunken joy.
Garrick’s Pupil Auguston Filon

deviating from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregular, abnormal, or incongruous

1640s, from Late Latin anomalus, from Greek anomalos “uneven, irregular” (see anomaly). Related: Anomalously; anomalousness.


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