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]
instance being irregular
- Czech: nepravidelnost
- Hungarian: rendellenesség
object or event that is not regular
- Hungarian: egyenetlenség
violation of rules
- Hungarian: szabálytalanság
Something that is irregular does not follow the expected pattern. The term is used in many different fields, with quite different meanings.
- In business, law, politics, science and related fields, an irregular procedure, typically called an irregularity, is an action that does not completely follow the agreed standards, though it does not violate them. By itself, a single irregularity is of little consequence, but when many irregularities occur together, they may be signs of hidden fraud, misconduct or malfeasance. See creative accounting and 2004 U.S. presidential election controversy and irregularities for examples.
irregularity in French: Irrégulier
irregularity in Japanese: イレギュラー
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