- to turn aside, as from a route, way, course, etc.
- to depart or swerve, as from a procedure, course of action, or acceptable norm.
- to digress, as from a line of thought or reasoning.
- to cause to swerve; turn aside.
- characterized by deviation or departure from an accepted norm or standard, as of behavior.
- a person or thing that departs from the accepted norm or standard.
- a person whose sexual behavior departs from the norm in a way that is considered socially or morally unacceptable.
- Statistics. a variable equal to the difference between a variate and some fixed value, often the mean.
Origin of deviate
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Examples from the Web for deviate
We might not be off the mark nine out of 10 times, but we deviate plenty.How Wikipedia Is Like Your Doctor
May 31, 2014
Why have conservative jurists become so willing to deviate from an originalist viewpoint on the Second Amendment?'Let's Talk About Guns' Live Chat Transcript
January 25, 2013
These they fixed and consecrated in their temples; and no artist or musician is allowed to deviate from them.Laws
He would not appear to deviate from this custom, but sat down to his books as usual.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
Precisely: so that in order to obtain a knowledge of the one, we must deviate to the other.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
I swear, though, that no living being will make me deviate from my line of conduct.The English at the North Pole
In proportion as we deviate from the strictly true, then, we sin.The Right Knock
- (usually intr) to differ or diverge or cause to differ or diverge, as in belief or thought
- (usually intr) to turn aside or cause to turn aside; diverge or cause to diverge
- (intr) psychol to depart from an accepted standard or convention
- another word for deviant
Word Origin and History for deviate
1630s, from Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare "to turn out of the way" (see deviant). Related: Deviated; deviating. The noun meaning "sexual pervert" is attested from 1912.