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deviance

[dee-vee-uh ns]
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noun
  1. deviant quality or state.
  2. deviant behavior.
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Also de·vi·an·cy.

Origin of deviance

First recorded in 1940–45; devi(ant) + -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for deviance

deviance

noun
  1. Also called: deviancy the act or state of being deviant
  2. statistics a measure of the degree of fit of a statistical model compared to that of a more complete model
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Word Origin and History for deviance

n.

1944; see deviant + -ance. A sociologists' word, perhaps coined because statisticians and astronomers already had claimed deviation.

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