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abnormal

ab·nor·mal

abnormal

 
 
pronunciation:
aeb nor ml
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not normal or usual.
The tree has an abnormal growth on its trunk.
synonyms:
eccentric, irregular
antonyms:
natural, normal, typical
similar words:
exceptional, odd, singular, strange, uncommon, unusual, weird
derivation: abnormally (adv.)
Word Parts
The word abnormal contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.