[verb dee-vee-eyt; adjective, noun dee-vee-it]
- 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
Synonyms for deviate
1. Deviate, digress, diverge, swerve imply turning or going aside from a path. To deviate is to turn or wander, often by slight degrees, from what is considered the most direct or desirable approach to a given physical, intellectual, or moral end: Fear caused him to deviate from the truth. To digress is primarily to wander from the main theme or topic in writing or speaking: Some authors digress to relate entertaining episodes. Two paths diverge when they proceed from a common point in such directions that the distance between them increases: The sides of an angle diverge from a common point. Their interests gradually diverged. To swerve is to make a sudden or sharp turn from a line or course: The car swerved to avoid striking a pedestrian.
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- (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
C17: from Late Latin dēviāre to turn aside from the direct road, from de- + via road
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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.
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