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Alteration vs Anomaly - What's the difference?

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Alteration is a related term of anomaly.

As nouns the difference between alteration and anomaly

is that alteration is alteration while anomaly is a deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal.




(en noun)
  • The act of altering or making different.
  • * 1594 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity ,
  • alteration , though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniences…
  • The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
  • * 1892 , ,
  • …and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started.
    (Webster 1913)





  • A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal.
  • * 1956 — , The City and the Stars , p 43
  • This ardent exploration, absorbing all his energy and interest, made him forget for the moment the mystery of his heritage and the anomaly that cut him off from all his fellows.
  • Something or someone that is strange or unusual.
  • He is an anomaly among his friends.
  • (science) Any event or measurement that is out of the ordinary regardless of whether it is exceptional or not.
  • (astronomy) Any of various angular distances.
  • (biology) A defect or malformation.
  • (quantum physics) A failure of a classical symmetry due to quantum corrections.
  • (dated) An irregularity or disproportion.
  • Synonyms

    * (deviation from the norm) abnormality, deviance, deviation, exception, inconsistency, irregularity, phenomenon

    Derived terms

    () * anomaloscope * anomalous * eccentric anomaly * flyby anomaly * mean anomaly * true anomaly