deviance

[ dee-vee-uh ns ]
/ ˈdi vi əns /

noun

deviant quality or state.
deviant behavior.

Nearby words

  1. devereux, robert,
  2. devers,
  3. devest,
  4. devi,
  5. deviability,
  6. deviant,
  7. deviate,
  8. deviation,
  9. deviationism,
  10. deviatory

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

/ (ˈdiːvɪəns) /

noun

Also called: deviancy the act or state of being deviant
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

deviance

n.

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

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