- 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 deviating
The deviating family melodrama has, thankfully, been replaced by shrewd spycraft.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form
September 30, 2014
By using these tools instead of standing behind the DJ booth, am I deviating too far away from that culture?DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
It serves me right for deviating from the rules of business.White Lies
That does not matter; she will help you, I dare say, by deviating a little from the exact truth.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Deviating from the natural condition, course, or rule; as, an abnormal appetite.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
One of the greatest of these dangers lies in deviating from custom.Godolphin, Complete
So we jogged along, now and then deviating to double the fallen timber.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2
Maria R. Audubon
- (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 deviating
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.