[ dee-vee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdi viˈeɪ ʃən /
the act of deviating.
departure from a standard or norm.
Statistics. the difference between one of a set of values and some fixed value, usually the mean of the set.
Navigation. the error of a magnetic compass, as that of a ship, on a given heading as a result of local magnetism.Compare variation(def 8).
departure or divergence from an established dogma or ideology, especially a Communist one.
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Origin of deviation
Related formsde·vi·a·to·ry [dee-vee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdi vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, de·vi·a·tive, adjectivenon·de·vi·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deviative
/ (ˌdiːvɪˈeɪʃən) /
an act or result of deviating
statistics the difference between an observed value in a series of such values and their arithmetic mean
the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
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Word Origin and History for deviative
1640s, noun of action from deviate (v.). Statistical sense is from 1858. Related: Deviational.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for deviative
[ dē′vē-ā′shən ]
A turning away or aside from a normal course.
Deviant behavior or attitudes.
The difference, especially the absolute difference, between one number in a set and the mean of the set.
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Science definitions for deviative
[ dē′vē-ā′shən ]
The difference between one number in a set and the mean of the set.
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