Definition of Deviance

1. Noun. A state or condition markedly different from the norm.

2. Noun. Deviate behavior.
Exact synonyms: Deviation
Generic synonyms: Abnormality, Irregularity
Derivative terms: Deviant, Deviate, Deviate

Definition of Deviance

1. Noun. (sociology) Actions or behaviors that violate formal and informal cultural norms such as law and the discouragement from public nose-picking. ¹

2. Noun. A person or thing that differs from the expected. ¹

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Definition of Deviance

1. the behavior of a deviant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Deviance

1. 1. The act of deviating; a wandering from the way; variation from the common way, from an established rule, etc.; departure, as from the right course or the path of duty. 2. The state or result of having deviated; a transgression; an act of sin; an error; an offense. 2. The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured, thus releasing the underwriters from their responsibility. Deviation of a falling body, that deviation from a strictly vertical line of descent which occurs in a body falling freely, in consequence of the rotation of the earth. Deviation of the compass, the angle which the needle of a ship's compass makes with the magnetic meridian by reason of the magnetism of the iron parts of the ship. Deviation of the line of the vertical, the difference between the actual direction of a plumb line and the direction it would have if the earth were a perfect ellipsoid and homogeneous, caused by the attraction of a mountain, or irregularities in the earth's density. Origin: LL. Deviatio: cf. F. Deviation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deviance

deviance (current term)
deviated nasal septum
deviated septum
deviation ratio
deviation to the left

Literary usage of Deviance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Illicit Drug Use, Smoking and Drinking by America's High School Students by Lloyd D. Johnston, Patrick M. O'Malley, Jerald G. Bachman (1993)
"DRUG USE AND GENERAL deviance Many deviant behaviors such as illicit drug ... Theories of deviance have attributed the association in either of two ways: ..."

2. The Sex Offender: Current Treatment Modalities and Systems Issuesby Barbara K Schwartz by Barbara K Schwartz (2002)
"Marshall, WL (1997) Pedophilia: Psychopathology and theory: In DR Laws & W. O'Donohue, (Eds.), Sexual deviance: Theory, assessment, and treatment (pp. ..."

3. The City: Urban Communities and Their Problems by Alan S. Berger (1978)
"Other forms of deviance may become necessary to support this life stance, ... This framework allows us to define deviance as behavior contrary to the norms ..."

4. Sas/stat 9.1 User's Guide by SAS Institute, Virginia Clark (2004)
"It also enables you to display the “deviance and Pearson Goodness-of-Fit ... Valid values for scale are as follows: DI deviance specifies that the ..."

5. Generalized Linear Mixed Models by Charles E. McCulloch (2003)
"Large values of the deviance indicate a model that fits poorly. ... The deviance for the slope and intercept model is 2(-12.597 + 14.214) = 3.234 on 10 - 2 ..."

6. Sas/insight 9.1 User's Guide by SAS Institute, Institute SAS Institute (2004)
"Analysis of deviance for Generalized Linear Models The Analysis of deviance table for generalized ... deviance is the deviance for each source of variation. ..."

7. SAS(R) 9.1.3 Language Reference:: Dictionary, Fifth Edition, Volumes 1-4 by SAS Institute (2006)
"The deviance function returns the deviance from a gamma distribution with a mean ... The following equation describes the deviance function for the gamma ..."

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