One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of departing from an established course or accepted standard.‘deviation from a norm’‘sexual deviation’‘deviations from standard English’
divergence, digression, turning aside, departure, deflection, difference, variation, variance, alteration, veering, straying, fluctuation, aberration, abnormality, irregularity, anomaly, inconsistency, discrepancy, variableness, oddness, freakishnessView synonyms
- ‘There is a procedure, but clearly there have been deviations.’
- ‘This is where the auditor reports changes, problems, deviations and other anomalies.’
- ‘In addition, it is the treatment of choice for the most serious sexual deviations, such as sexual sadism.’
- ‘Can any of the deviations be considered as transitional towards the lower forms of animals?’
- ‘In such circumstances deviations of Muslims from Islamic principles are also attributed to Islam.’
- ‘It said deviations would be taken note of as and when they occurred.’
- ‘The draft report contained a number of deviations from the true faith.’
- ‘Even if I don't always follow it to the letter, I've got a rock solid foundation upon which to base my deviations.’
- ‘His route seemed never to alter from Lancaster to Preston with occasional deviations along lanes quite close to the A6.’
- ‘Religious deviations were treated as threats to the peace and punished accordingly by the secular rulers.’
- ‘With a few deviations, the open standards of the World Wide Web have been pretty much maintained.’
- ‘The final sanction will be given after completion of the construction only if there are no deviations from the original plan.’
- ‘We students will discover two deviations from this ideal this week.’
- ‘As with most careful plans, this one started off with deviations from the standard fly-by.’
- ‘They were the last social group to accept Islam, and some of the earliest deviations from orthodoxy matured in the Muslim countryside.’
- ‘Though purists may lament the film's deviations from the comic book, the mood and most of the characters remain the same.’
- ‘Citing the idyllic visions of our ancient texts, he drew attention in that address to the deviations from the ideal.’
- ‘This is by no means an attempt to negate the faults, hypocrisies and deviations of the American system.’
- ‘The late 20th century's decline of social deference has led to a journalism which is unforgiving of the elite and its deviations.’
- ‘These deviations generally increased with increasing offset and diffusion constant.’
The amount by which a single measurement differs from a fixed value such as the mean.
- ‘Standard deviation is a statistical concept that denotes the amount of variation or deviation that might be expected.’
- ‘The sequences were analyzed for randomness in dinucleotide frequencies and no statistically significant deviation was found.’
- ‘Means and standards deviations for all study variables are reported in Table 1.’
- ‘The average numbers and average deviation of five measurements are reported.’
- ‘And there was no statistically significant deviation in incidence rates of other cancers attributable to radiation exposure from the accident.’
3The deflection of a vessel's compass needle caused by iron in the vessel, which varies with the vessel's heading.
- ‘There he began work on compass deviation, a topic he would return to many times.’
- ‘In 1819 Barlow began work on the problem of deviation in ship compasses caused by the presence of iron in the hull.’
Late Middle English: via French from medieval Latin deviatio(n-), from Latin deviare (see deviate).
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