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anomalynoun [C or U]

uk   /əˈnɒm.ə.li/ us   /əˈnɑː.mə.li/ formal
a person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory: Statistical anomalies can make it difficult to compare economic data from one year to the next. The anomaly of the social security system is that you sometimes have more money without a job.
anomalous
adjective uk   /əˈnɒm.ə.ləs/ us   /əˈnɑː.mə.ləs/
In a multicultural society is it not anomalous to have a blasphemy law that only protects one religious faith?
anomalously
adverb uk   /əˈnɒm.ə.ləs.li/ us   /əˈnɑː.mə.ləs.li/
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anomalynoun [C]

us   /əˈnɑm·ə·li/
something that is unusual enough to be noticeable or seem strange: The government does computer checks of tax returns to find anomalies that might indicate fraud.
(Definition of anomaly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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