verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.

1545–55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn

deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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deflect (dɪˈflɛkt)
to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
[C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from L. deflectere "to bend aside or downward," from de- "away" + flectere "to bend." Originally transitive, the intrans. sense is first recorded 1640s.
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Example sentences
Or they will deflect responsibility and pin all the blame on administrators,
  who in their minds are the ultimate bogeymen.
These are things fast-food firms have learnt to cope with and to deflect.
The writers insistently deflect their gaze from anatomical gender difference,
  angrily proclaiming that it is a nonissue.
They try to deflect official attention by choosing names for their companies
  that avoid explicit reference to their true function.
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