# deviation

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Related to deviation: standard deviation, Average deviation

## de·vi·a·tion

(dē′vē-ā′shən)*n.*

**1.**

**a.**The act of deviating or turning aside.

**b.**An instance of this: "We made so many deviations up and down lanes ... that I was quite tired, and very glad, when we saw Yarmouth" (Charles Dickens).

**2.**

**a.**Divergence from an accepted idea, policy, or norm of behavior: "Freud, as the leader of a powerful new movement, could not bear much deviation from his own central ideas" (Joseph Epstein).

**b.**An instance of this; an abnormality or departure from a norm: "Vice was a deviation from our nature" (Henry Fielding).

**3.**Deflection of a compass needle caused by local magnetic influence, especially on a ship.

**4.**

*Statistics*The difference, especially the absolute difference, between one number in a set of data and the mean of that set of data.

**de′vi·a′tion·ism**

*n.*

**de′vi·a′tion·ist**

*adj.*

*& n.*

*Synonyms:***deviation**

**, aberration**

**, divergence**

These nouns mean a departure from what is prescribed or expected:

*tolerates no deviation from the rules; an act that represented an aberration from his usual behavior; a doctrine seen as a divergence from previous beliefs.*

## deviation

(ˌdiːvɪˈeɪʃən)*n*

**1.**an act or result of deviating

**2.**(Statistics)

*statistics*the difference between an observed value in a series of such values and their arithmetic mean

**3.**(Navigation) the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances

## de•vi•a•tion

(ˌdi viˈeɪ ʃən)*n.*

**1.**the act of deviating.

**2.**departure from an accepted or established standard or norm.

**3.**the difference between one of a set of statistical values and some fixed value, usu. the mean of the set.

**4.**the error of a magnetic compass on a given heading as a result of local magnetism.

[1375–1425; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin]

## de·vi·a·tion

(dē′vē-ā′shən)*Mathematics*

The difference between one number in a set and the mean of the set.

## deviation

**1.**The distance by which a point of impact or burst misses the target. See also circular error probable; delivery error; dispersion error; horizontal error.

**2.**The angular difference between magnetic and compass headings.

## deviation

Conduct departing from the norm. Specifically, it is used to describe sexual perversions, such as a fetish or sadism.

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Noun | 1. | deviation - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"variation, fluctuation - an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting |

2. | deviation - the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or functionstatistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters statistic - a datum that can be represented numerically outlier - an extreme deviation from the mean mean deviation, mean deviation from the mean - the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of deviations from the mean of a distribution | |

3. | deviation - the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbanceserroneousness, error - inadvertent incorrectness | |

4. | deviation - deviate behaviorirregularity, abnormality - behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality | |

5. | deviation - a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"turning, turn - the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right" red herring - any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue |

## deviation

*noun*departure, change, variation, shift, alteration, discrepancy, inconsistency, disparity, aberration, variance, divergence, fluctuation, irregularity, digression Deviation from the norm is not tolerated.

## deviation

*noun*

**1.**A departing from what is prescribed:

**2.**An instance of digressing:

**3.**The condition of being abnormal:

Translations

**إنْحِراف**

**odchylka**

**úchylka**

**afvigelse**

**frávik**

**sapma**

## deviation

## deviation

[ˌdiːvɪˈeɪʃ__/ə__n]

*n*

**deviation (from)**→ deviazione

*f*(da)

standard deviation (

*Math*) → scarto quadratico medio

## deviate

(ˈdiːvieit)*verb*

to turn aside,

*especially*from a right, normal or standard course. She will not deviate from her routine.**ˌdeviˈation**

*noun*

## de·vi·a·tion

*n.*desviación, desvío.

**1.**alejamiento de una pauta establecida;

**2.**aberración mental; mala conducta, mal comportamiento.

## deviation

*n*desviación

*f*

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