anomaly | anomalous

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different from what is usual or expected

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anomaly - irregularity

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An ‘anomaly’ is something or somebody unusual compared to similar things around them. The word can be used in both a positive and negative context. For example, an anomaly can signify a problem that needs resolving, or be pleasantly different to what you have come to expect. Most commonly used in a professional setting.

Synonyms abnormality
Antonyms standard,uniform

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  1. The computer detected an anomaly, and further investigation showed the cause to be a virus.

  2. I was going through the accounts this morning and noticed something anomalous in the figures. Can you explain it?

  3. I’ve never met anyone like Frank in this line of work. He’s a total anomaly.

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