- 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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Related Words for deviatedvary, differ, depart, veer, diverge, swerve, avert, err, shy, drift, deflect, divagate, turn, digress, part, bend, wander, contrast
Examples from the Web for deviated
Contemporary Examples of deviated
I think that these people have all deviated from their original—well Britta never really had a plan.It’s Britta, Bitch: Gillian Jacobs on Community’s Repilot, Foot Fetishes, and Communists
January 1, 2014
Historical Examples of deviated
This order was not to be deviated from under any circumstances.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
He must have known his own writing, and would not have deviated from his own purpose.
Antonio deviated but little from the teaching of his father.The Violin
There are a few passages in which I have deviated from Parab's text.The Little Clay Cart
(Attributed To) King Shudraka
If he deviated a hair's breadth at that speed he'd turn turtle.El Diablo
- (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 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.