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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In particular those who deviate from society's values must be brought back into line.
▪ Make up your mind that whatever the short-term temptations may be, you will never deviate from the highest standards of honour.
▪ Men think it would undermine their position at work to deviate from the usual schedule.
▪ Real gases also deviate more from ideal gas behaviour at lower temperatures.
▪ Should a solicitor deviate from the rules of conduct then sanctions can be imposed by the profession.
▪ So do not deviate by mixing your opinions with the facts.
▪ They may even drive on occasions but must not deviate from the agreed route except where reasonable to protect the child.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

deviate \de"vi*ate\ (d[=e]"v[-e]*[i^]t), n. a person having behavior differing from that which is normal or socially acceptable; -- used especially to characterize persons whose sexual behavior is considered morally unacceptable.

Syn: deviant. [PJC]


deviate \de"vi*ate\ (d[=e]"v[-e]*[i^]t), a. having behavior differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner; as, deviate behavior.

Syn: deviant. [PJC]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, from Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare "to turn out of the way" (see deviant). Related: Deviated; deviating. The noun meaning "sexual pervert" is attested from 1912.


n. 1 (context sociology English) A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert. 2 (context statistics English) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To go off course from; to change course; to change plans. 2 (context intransitive English) To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.

  1. n. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior [syn: pervert, deviant, degenerate]

  2. v. be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: vary, diverge, depart] [ant: conform]

  3. turn aside; turn away from [syn: divert]

  4. cause to turn away from a previous or expected course; "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"

  5. turn aside [syn: deflect]


Usage examples of "deviate".

Montanists, who deviated into heresy by their strict and obstinate adherence to the rigor of ancient discipline.

There is only one direct road from Gledge End to the two-mile drive into the forest to get back to the cabins, and nobody deviated from it.

He shall not do anything against my will, and if he attempts to deviate from the conditions I will dictate to him, I will refuse to go to France, I will follow you anywhere, and devote to you the remainder of my life.

She did not deviate from the drill, but in a few minutes Jenits was sweating and puffing, and she had tapped his banda half a dozen times.

I promised myself not only to attempt nothing against her virtue, but also not to be the first man to make her deviate from the right path.

Montespan be informed that his marquisate is to be elevated into a duchy with a peerage, and that I will add to it the number of seigniories that is proper, as I do not wish to deviate from the usage which has become a law, etc.

Dox had ordered the other Hatchling, a deviate named Syph, to stand guard at the top of the cliffs for a while to insure no one was on their trail.

The practice of yearly rotating crops from wheat to turnips to barley to clover and grass would seem to make sound economic as well as agronomic sense, which was undoubtedly why the previous Earl of Blackthorn had not deviated from the use of it.

They rigidified the codification of sex and gender, labeling those who dared to deviate from these codes or even fantasize about something different perverts and hysterics.

American continent to where it dips into the Atlantic, without deviating from it half a degree, and possibly in some part of its course we shall fall in with the shipwrecked party.

But while those common Jewish Christians drew from this the inference that the whole of the Old Testament must be adhered to in its traditional sense and in all its ordinances, and while the larger Christendom secured for itself the whole of the Old Testament by deviating from the ordinary interpretation, those syncretistic Jewish Christians separated from the Old Testament, as interpolations, whatever did not agree with their purer moral conceptions and borrowed speculations.

The Uldras of the Retent disdain criptids as mounts fit only for wittols, sexual deviates and women.

I found that with each mixture there was a time of exposure which would produce the deepest blue, that with over-exposure the blue gradually turned gray, and that if a curve should be plotted, the abscissas of which should represent the time of exposure, and the ordinates of which should represent the intensity of the blue the curves drawn would have approximately an elliptical form, so that if one knew the exact time of exposure which would give the best result with any mixture, one might deviate two or three minutes either way from that time without producing a noticeable result.

For Adams, who had argued emphatically at Paris for full repayment of American debt and had never deviated from that view, American reluctance, or inability, to make good on its obligations was a disgrace and politically a great mistake.

The disposition of the boats now deviates in numerous points from the plan originally laid down for the U-boats.