AskDefine | Define irregularity

Dictionary Definition



1 behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality [syn: abnormality]
2 not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals [syn: unregularity] [ant: regularity]
3 an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern [syn: geometrical irregularity]
4 irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis [syn: constipation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. An instance being irregular.
  2. An object or event that is not regular or ordinary.
    an irregularity of surface
  3. A violation of rules.

Related terms


instance being irregular
object or event that is not regular
  • Hungarian: egyenetlenség
violation of rules
  • Hungarian: szabálytalanság

Extensive Definition

Something that is irregular does not follow the expected pattern. The term is used in many different fields, with quite different meanings.
  • In manufacturing, an irregular is a product that does not meet the accepted levels of quality, but still available for sale, typically in outlet stores or secondary markets at a lower price.
  • In military terms, an irregular is a soldier who is not part of the official regular army, or does not follow regular army tactics. See irregular military.
irregularity in French: Irrégulier
irregularity in Japanese: イレギュラー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bohemianism, aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, abnormality, abnormity, affability, amorphism, anamorphism, anamorphosis, anomalism, anomalousness, anomaly, asperity, asymmetry, broken thread, brokenness, buckle, bumpiness, capriciousness, cardialgia, casualness, changeability, changeableness, cholera morbus, choppiness, colic, common touch, conceit, constipation, contortion, contrariety, cordiality, costiveness, crackpotism, cragginess, crank, crankiness, crankism, crookedness, crotchet, crotchetiness, dappleness, derangement, desultoriness, detorsion, deviability, deviancy, deviation, diarrhea, difference, differentiation, differentness, disarrangement, disarray, disarticulation, discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertedness, disconnectedness, disconnection, discontinuance, discontinuation, discontinuity, discontinuousness, discreteness, disequilibrium, disharmony, dishevelment, disintegration, disjunction, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization, disparity, disproportion, disruption, distortion, disturbance, divarication, divergence, diversification, dottiness, dysentery, dyspepsia, ease, easiness, easygoingness, eccentricity, entropy, episode, erraticism, erraticness, familiarity, fickleness, fitfulness, flightiness, flux, folksiness, freakiness, freakishness, gnarl, graciousness, granulation, gripe, gripes, haphazardness, harshness, heartburn, heterogeneity, heteromorphism, hispidity, homeliness, homeyness, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, imbalance, impulsiveness, inadequacy, incoherence, incompleteness, inconsistency, inconstancy, indigestion, indiscriminateness, inequality, inequity, inferiority, informality, informalness, inharmonious harmony, injustice, instability, insufficiency, intermittence, jaggedness, jerkiness, joltiness, kink, knot, lientery, looseness, lopsidedness, maggot, mannerism, mercuriality, monstrosity, moodiness, most admired disorder, motleyness, mutability, naturalness, non sequitur, nonconformism, nonconformity, noncontinuance, nonlinearity, nonseriality, nonstandardization, nonsymmetry, nonuniformity, obstipation, oddity, odds, offhandedness, overbalance, parenthesis, peculiarity, perturbation, plainness, pluralism, promiscuity, promiscuousness, pyrosis, queerness, quip, quirk, quirkiness, raggedness, randomness, relaxedness, restlessness, rough air, roughness, ruggedness, rugosity, scraggliness, screw, shiftiness, shortcoming, simplicity, singularity, sociability, strangeness, subnormality, superiority, teratism, tooth, torsion, tortuosity, trick, trots, turbulence, turn, twist, unaffectedness, unbalance, unceremoniousness, uncertainty, unconformism, unconformity, unconstrainedness, unconstraint, unconventionality, undependability, unevenness, unfair discrimination, unfixedness, unnaturalism, unnaturalness, unorthodoxy, unpredictability, unpretentiousness, unreliability, unsettledness, unsmoothness, unstableness, unsteadfastness, unsteadiness, unsymmetry, ununiformity, upset, variability, variation, variegation, variety, variousness, versatility, wantonness, warp, wavering, waywardness, whim, whimsicality, whimsy, wrench, wrest, wring
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