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anomalynoun [C or U]

uk   /əˈnɒm.ə.li/  us   /-ˈnɑː.mə-/ 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 ​compareeconomicdata from one ​year to the next. The anomaly of the ​socialsecuritysystem is that you sometimes have more ​money without a ​job.
anomalous
adjective uk   us   /-ləs/
In a ​multiculturalsociety is it not anomalous to have a ​blasphemylaw that only ​protects one ​religiousfaith?
anomalously
adverb uk   us   /-ləs.li/
(Definition of anomaly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anomalynoun [C]

 us   /əˈnɑm·ə·li/
something that is ​unusual enough to be ​noticeable or ​seemstrange: The ​government does ​computerchecks of ​taxreturns to ​find anomalies that might ​indicatefraud.
(Definition of anomaly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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