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[dih-flek-tid] /dɪˈflɛk tɪd/
adjective, Biology
curved or bent downward.
Origin of deflected
1820-30; deflect + -ed2
Related forms
nondeflected, adjective
undeflected, adjective


[dih-flekt] /dɪˈflɛkt/
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
Related forms
deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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  • His energy is too often deflected toward fictitious goals located outside of the real world.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Until then the stream had followed the street; but the debris that encumbered it deflected the course.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • deflected by their collision with the glacier, some blocks were carried past us within a few yards of the spot where we stood.

  • Flagg tipped the shade of the lamp and deflected the light upon the couple.

  • He was deflected by one of Mary's normal level gazes, turned upon him.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for deflected


to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Forms
deflector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflected



1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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