deviance

[dee-vee-uhns]
noun
1.
deviant quality or state.
2.
deviant behavior.
Also, deviancy.


Origin:
1940–45; devi(ant) + -ance

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deviance (ˈdiːvɪəns)
 
n
1.  Also called: deviancy the act or state of being deviant
2.  statistics a measure of the degree of fit of a statistical model compared to that of a more complete model

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deviance
1944, fromdeviant. A sociologists' word, perhaps coined because statisticians and astronomers already had claimed deviation.
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Example sentences
Ever since talk shows were invented, pain, deviance and public humiliation have been at the center of their appeal.
Sure, as long as it met the standard of the academic rule, without deviance and without question.
So when deviance is encountered, it becomes a matter of tribal concern.
Barber was stylistically at odds with his age, and the age treated such deviance harshly.
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