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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She became worried about the appearance of the place, about her cooking, and about her anomalous position in the household.
▪ The result of this anomalous position has been that the majority of the disabled have had to suffer great financial hardship.
▪ They were a decent lot and I was glad that they accepted me despite my anomalous position.
▪ Claudius made two other arrangements which seem at first sight to be highly anomalous.
▪ Consequently what does not fit neatly into existing experience is anomalous and apt to seem mystically dangerous.
▪ In fact, the anomalous status gave him greater leeway.
▪ Let it be agreed that the doctrine is anomalous.
▪ The coincidence of those anomalous ideas was bound to upset many previously held notions about art and photography.
▪ This has the apparently anomalous result that both the policeman and the defendant are using force lawfully.
▪ This phenomenon may also explain some of our anomalous fossil distributions and extinctions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anomalous \A*nom"a*lous\, a. [L. anomalus, Gr. ? uneven, irregular; 'an priv. + ? even, ? same. See Same, and cf. Abnormal.] Deviating from a general rule, method, or analogy; abnormal; irregular; as, an anomalous proceeding.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 deviate from the normal; aberrant or abnormal. 2 Of uncertain or unknown categorization. 3 Having anomaly.


adj. deviating from the general or common order or type; "advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe"

Usage examples of "anomalous".

Due to the natural interconnections between different discoveries, some anomalous discoveries are also discussed in Part II.

Rather anomalous evidence was quite often the center of serious, longstanding controversy within the very heart of elite scientific circles, with advocates holding scientific credentials and positions just as prestigious as those of the opponents.

During a phone conversation with one of us on May 28, 1987, Bryan also expressed a cautious belief that Barnes may have gone too far in trying to eliminate all of the anomalous European stone-tool industries.

Although the age of 12,500 to 13,500 years for the site is not highly anomalous, the archeological finds uncovered there challenge the standard Clovis hunter theory.

Our review of anomalous stone implements should make us suspicious of this sort of charge.

Scientists typically demand higher levels of proof for anomalous finds than for evidence that fits within the established ideas about human evolution.

Rutot, conservator of the Royal Museum of Natural History in Brussels, made a series of discoveries that brought anomalous stone-tool industries into new prominence during the early twentieth century.

The implements appeared to be of Middle Pleistocene age, which would be anomalous for North America.

This tactic is often used to cast doubt on anomalous discoveriescriticize the weakest evidence in detail and ignore the strongest evidence as much as possible.

And now we shall encounter revelations of another aspect of thisthe personal distress and bitterness experienced by scientists unfortunate enough to make anomalous discoveries.

The anomalous findings at Hueyatlaco resulted in personal abuse and professional penalties, including withholding of funds and loss of job, facilities, and reputation for Virginia Steen-McIntyre.

We ourselves are not sure how much importance should be given to this highly anomalous evidence.

And given the spotty reporting and infrequent preservation of these highly anomalous discoveries, it is likely that the entire body of reports now existing represents only a small fraction of the total number of such discoveries made over the past few centuries.

Our final examples of anomalous pre-Tertiary evidence are not in the category of fossil human bones, but rather in the category of fossil humanlike footprints.

We only know of a few cases of such extremely anomalous discoveries, but considering that many such discoveries probably go unreported we wonder how many there actually might be.