verb (used with or without object)
- to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
- to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
1550s, from Latin deflectere “to bend (something) aside or downward,” from de- “away” (see de-) + flectere “to bend” (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.