- 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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Examples from the Web for undeviating
Rubio has to date shown himself an undeviating follower of that program.Will 2016 be for Republicans what 1988 was for Democrats?
April 8, 2013
Her undeviating loyalty bound him by every fibre of gratitude and honour.The Rough Road
William John Locke
In the matter of undeviating consistency he stands alone in authorship.The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
What are called “dark dealings” are the ordinations of undeviating faithfulness.The Words of Jesus
John R. Macduff
He too, however, was moved by the sight of her and her straightforward, undeviating purpose.Jeanne d'Arc
There was assurance and finality in the undeviating rays of the tired sun.The Narrow House
- (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 and History for undeviating
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.