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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.
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The empirical data examined, provides a manifestation of this power imbued deviant behavior.
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Topics begin with integrated theories of sexual offending and deviance over the life span (including reports on reductions in deviant behavior in the aging sex offender).
Methamphetamine use was associated with deviant behavior such as selling drugs and binge drinking, which suggests that adolescents who use methamphetamine may be more likely to be exposed to delinquent peers and dangerous environments, the researchers said.
When, as in this work, excellence reflects performance outside two standard deviations of the mean, it is by definition a reflection of deviant behavior. (6) If reimbursement were tied to compliance, rather than to outcomes, the deviant physician would in fact be penalized for doing the potentially better thing, and the lessons of innovation would go unlearned.
Johnston, "Routine Activities and Individual Deviant Behavior," American Sociological Review 61 (1996): 635-655.
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This finding suggests that some African American adolescents associate being Black and male with deviant behavior and academic disengagement.
The densely deviant behavior improvised by McCarthy's actors (spreading chocolate on each other or sawing off limbs and noses, screaming bloody murder in the former instance while partaking of a strange cocktail party in the latter) is captured on camera from multiple angles.