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Related to deviance: Social deviance
Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
[Middle English deviaunt, from Late Latin dēviāns, dēviant-, present participle of dēviāre, to deviate; see deviate.]
de′vi·ance, de′vi·an·cy n.
1. Also called: deviancy the act or state of being deviant
2. (Statistics) statistics a measure of the degree of fit of a statistical model compared to that of a more complete model
de•vi•ance(ˈdi vi əns)
1. deviant quality or state.
2. deviant behavior.
Divergence from the accepted social norms of behavior. Deviance can be beneficial to society if unorthodox behavior leads to creativity or innovation. Alternatively deviance may be harmful as in the case of crime.
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|Noun||1.||deviance - a state or condition markedly different from the norm|
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
chromosomal aberration, chromosomal anomaly, chromosonal disorder, chrosomal abnormality - any change in the normal structure or number of chromosomes; often results in physical or mental abnormalities
|2.||deviance - deviate behavior|