Definition of Deviate

1. Noun. A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.

2. Verb. Turn aside; turn away from.
Exact synonyms: Divert
Generic synonyms: Turn
Specialized synonyms: Yaw, Detour, Depart, Digress, Sidetrack, Straggle
Derivative terms: Deviation, Diversion

3. Adjective. Markedly different from an accepted norm. "Deviant ideas"

4. Verb. Be at variance with; be out of line with.

5. Verb. Cause to turn away from a previous or expected course. "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"
Generic synonyms: Divert
Specialized synonyms: Perturb, Perturb, Shunt
Derivative terms: Deviation

Definition of Deviate

1. v. i. To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary.

2. v. t. To cause to deviate.

Definition of Deviate

1. Noun. (sociology) A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert. ¹

2. Noun. (statistics) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To go off course from; to change course; to change plans. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray. ¹

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Definition of Deviate

1. to turn aside from a course or norm [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deviate

deviate (current term)
deviated nasal septum
deviated septum
deviation ratio
deviation to the left
deviation to the right
deviational nystagmus

Literary usage of Deviate

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

1. An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius by William Selwyn (1845)
"Implied Warranty.—1. Not to deviate.—Another condition implied in the contract of insurance is, that the ship shall not deviate ..."

2. The Contract of Affreightment as Expressed in Charterparties and Bills of Lading by Thomas Edward Scrutton (1886)
"Master's authority to delay and deviate in cases of necessity. If a master receives credible information that if he continues in the direct course of his ..."

3. An Abridgement of the Law of Nisi Prius by William Selwyn, Edward E. Law, Henry Wheaton, Thomas Isaac Wharton (1857)
"Not to deviate.—Another condition implied in the contract of insurance is, that the ship shall not deviate. Hence arises another ground of defence, ..."

4. A Treatise on the Law of Easements by John Leybourn Goddard (1904)
"... of the parties at the time of the dedication or grant, and there is consequently no reason for presuming the grant of a right to deviate from the path. ..."

5. A Practical and Elementary Abridgment of the Cases Argued and Determined in by Charles Petersdorff, Elisha Hammond (1831)
"And as to (lie temptation to deviate, held out to the master, ... will not avoid a policy; still less can a tempta- fr7 Para tion to deviate avoid it. ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"... the decline and fall of the empire. and solitary patn. which their first leaders had marked out, continued to deviate from the great society of mankind. ..."

7. English Synonymes, with Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from by George Crabb (1854)
"Wander signifies the same ав in the article deviate ; stroll \i probably an intensive of to «И, that is, to go To wander is to go out of the path that has ..."

8. The Connoisseur by George Colman, B. Thornton (1907)
"They were made by Philip Rolls in 1704, and deviate but slightly from ENAMEL FIRE-DOGS, NOW IN THE POSSESSION OF EARL COWLEY Elizabeth's reign continued to ..."

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