deviances


noun

  1. deviant quality or state.
  2. deviant behavior.

noun

  1. Also called: deviancy the act or state of being deviant
  2. statistics a measure of the degree of fit of a statistical model compared to that of a more complete model
n.

1944; see deviant + -ance. A sociologists’ word, perhaps coined because statisticians and astronomers already had claimed deviation.

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