deviate


verb (used without object), de·vi·at·ed, de·vi·at·ing.

  1. to turn aside, as from a route, way, course, etc.
  2. to depart or swerve, as from a procedure, course of action, or acceptable norm.
  3. to digress, as from a line of thought or reasoning.

verb (used with object), de·vi·at·ed, de·vi·at·ing.

  1. to cause to swerve; turn aside.

adjective

  1. characterized by deviation or departure from an accepted norm or standard, as of behavior.

noun

  1. a person or thing that departs from the accepted norm or standard.
  2. a person whose sexual behavior departs from the norm in a way that is considered socially or morally unacceptable.
  3. Statistics. a variable equal to the difference between a variate and some fixed value, often the mean.

verb (ˈdiːvɪˌeɪt)

  1. (usually intr) to differ or diverge or cause to differ or diverge, as in belief or thought
  2. (usually intr) to turn aside or cause to turn aside; diverge or cause to diverge
  3. (intr) psychol to depart from an accepted standard or convention

noun, adjective (ˈdiːvɪɪt)

  1. another word for deviant
v.

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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