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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
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Origin of deflect

1545–55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn
Related formsde·flect·a·ble, adjectivede·flec·tor, noun
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  1. to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
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Derived Formsdeflector, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflecting



1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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