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deviance

[dee-vee-uh ns] /ˈdi vi əns/
noun
1.
deviant quality or state.
2.
deviant behavior.
Also, deviancy.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; devi(ant) + -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for deviancy

deviance

/ˈdiːvɪəns/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for deviancy

deviance

n.

1944; see deviant + -ance. A sociologists' word, perhaps coined because statisticians and astronomers already had claimed deviation.

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