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.
- de·vi·a·ble, adjective
- de·vi·a·bil·i·ty [dee-vee-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌdi vi əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- de·vi·a·tor, noun
- non·de·vi·at·ing, adjective
- un·de·vi·a·ble, adjective
- un·de·vi·at·ed, adjective
- un·de·vi·at·ing, adjective
- un·de·vi·at·ing·ly, adverb
- deviant, deviate
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How to use deviate in a sentence
On Wednesday, he insisted that Congress had deviated from the comity demanded by the public.Republicans eager to subvert the 2020 election last week now insist the time has come for unity | Philip Bump | January 13, 2021 | Washington Post
You can compare the angles measured during the half-squat to the angles measured during running, and calculate a number that tells you how far your running motion deviates from your habitual motion path.There’s a New Way to Choose the Right Running Shoe | Alex Hutchinson | January 5, 2021 | Outside Online
The more you deviate, the theory suggests, the more you’ll be loading joint areas and tendons and other structures that aren’t used to it.There’s a New Way to Choose the Right Running Shoe | Alex Hutchinson | January 5, 2021 | Outside Online
Then 2020 happened, and like every other media entity, the organization has had to adapt and deviate from its planned strategy.‘Prime time starts at 10 a.m.’: How ABC News Live has adapted its programming strategy to a tumultuous –and viewer engaged – 2020 | Tim Peterson | November 23, 2020 | Digiday
A judge could deviate only if “extraordinary circumstances exist such that imposition of a mandatory minimum term would be a serious injustice,” the law says.
The deviating family melodrama has, thankfully, been replaced by shrewd spycraft.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form | Marlow Stern | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By using these tools instead of standing behind the DJ booth, am I deviating too far away from that culture?
He kept on grimly, however, never deviating from his perspective, which was the swampy ground on the outer curve of the bend.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Nor are you deviating from Christian charity in not overlooking a dereliction of so material a sort.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Others of the Galatians perhaps saw no harm in deviating a trifle from the doctrine of justification and faith.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians | Martin Luther
Fingers are not counted further off than a metre with visual axis deviating inwards.Schweigger on Squint | C. Schweigger
Even with red glass and prisms deviating in a vertical direction, double images not perceived.Schweigger on Squint | C. Schweigger
British Dictionary definitions for deviate
(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
- deviator, noun
- deviatory, adjective
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