Usage examples for aberrant

  1. Thus, by a great piece of constructive work, an assemblage of animals was gathered into a new group and shewn to be organised upon one simple and uniform plan, and, even in the most complex and aberrant forms, reducible to the same type. – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  2. To whom, save perhaps the occasional student of aberrant mental phenomena, would the true story of his blind and besotted adventuring seem credible? – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. I cannot pass from this subject without enforcing, as a practical comment, the necessity of asylum physicians having a very liberal supply of holidays, so as to insure a complete change of thought from not only the objective but the subjective world in which they live, and this before the time comes when they are unable to throw off their work from their minds, as happened to a hard- working friend of mine, who, even during his holiday among the Alps, must needs dream one night that he was making a post- mortem upon himself, and on another night rose from his bed in a state of somnambulism to perform certain aberrant and disorderly acts, not unlike what his patients would have performed in the day. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  4. First, as to the bats and seals: they are what zoologists call aberrant and highly specialised types, and therefore precisely those which might be expected to display a fixity and want of pliancy in their organisation, or the smallest possible aptitude for deviating in new directions towards new structures, and the acquisition of such altered habits as a change from aquatic to terrestrial or from Volant to non- volant modes of living would imply. – The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  5. This group is diversified and broken to an extraordinary degree, and includes many aberrant forms. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  6. It means that only the parent, which is presumably not immortal, is aberrant – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  7. 635. 57 Neither space nor present occasion warrants discussion of the curious aphrodisian cults found among many peoples, usually in the barbaric stage of development; it may be noted merely that this is an aberrant branch from the main stem of institutional growth. – The Siouan Indians by W. J. McGee
  8. The median is affected much less by such aberrant cases, and consequently is more suitable for very heterogeneous series, in which the difference between the maximum and the minimum is very great. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  9. Better an aberrant theology than a suppressed organization. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  10. And the second geological chapter, on the Succession of Organic Beings- though it has been strengthened in a thousand ways, by the discoveries concerning the pedigrees of the horse, the elephant and many other aberrant types, though new light has been thrown even on the origin of great groups like the mammals, and the gymnosperms, though not a few fresh links have been discovered in the chains of evidence, concerning the order of appearance of new forms of life- we would not wish to have re- written. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  11. The working population should have no effectual margin of time, energy or means for other pursuits than the day's work in the service of the price- system; so that aberrant individuals in this class, who might by native propensity incline, e. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  12. On the other hand it has large canine tusks like the muntjacs, deerlets, and water- deer, and, as these are all aberrant forms of the true Cervidae, there is no reason why the same character should not be developed in the antelopes. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  13. The collections on the whole can scarcely be said to be of any great interest, except so far as geographical distribution is concerned, as the aberrant forms are few." – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  14. I am trying, moreover, in this Lecture to confine myself to those developments which I consider normal and genuine, excluding the numerous aberrant types which we shall encounter in the course of our survey. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  15. From which in turn it should follow that the rest of what is comprised under the general caption of " culture" will find a place only in the interstices of leisure- class expenditure and only at the hands of aberrant members of the class of the gently- bred. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen