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Definition of "deviation" []

  • The act of deviating or turning aside. (noun)
  • An abnormality; a departure: "Vice was a deviation from our nature” ( Henry Fielding). (noun)
  • Deviant behavior or attitudes. (noun)
  • Divergence from an accepted political policy or party line. (noun)
  • Deflection of a compass needle caused by local magnetic influence, especially on a ship. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deviation" in a sentence
  • "* The standard deviation is defined as the square root of the variance, which gives the average squared deviation from the mean value of a series."
  • "I understood that, but = perhaps due to my linguistic ignorance - to me all differences in usage or pronounciation are to be attributed to some kind of deviation from the "model" of correct use."
  • ""Hip-hop is very conservative – the smallest deviation from the norm is dismissed," says Juzwiak."