- An example of an aberrant behavior would be a usually calm person having a fit of rage.
- An example of an aberrant animal would be a flying squirrel.
- turning away from what is right, true, etc.
- deviating from what is normal or typical
Origin of aberrantfrom Classical Latin aberrans, present participle of aberrare, to go astray from ab-, from + errare, to wander: see err
- Deviating from what is considered proper or normal: aberrant behavior.
- Deviating from what is typical for a specified thing: an aberrant form of a gene.
Origin of aberrantLatin aberrāns aberrant- present participle of aberrāre to go astray ; see aberration .
- ab′er·rance ab′er·ran·cy
Usage Note: Traditionally, aberrant is pronounced with stress on the second syllable (ă-bĕr′ənt). A more recent pronunciation, with stress on the first syllable (ăb′ər-ənt), has begun to compete with the older one. In 2009, 57 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the newer pronunciation and 43 percent the older. Nonetheless, both pronunciations should be considered acceptable.
(comparative more aberrant, superlative most aberrant)
- A person or object that deviates from what is normal in his group.
- (biology) A group, individual, or structure that deviates from the usual or natural type, especially with an atypical chromosone number.