[dee-vee-uh ns]
Also de·vi·an·cy.

Origin of deviance

First recorded in 1940–45; devi(ant) + -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for deviances


  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 deviances



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

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