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[dee-vee-ey-shuh n] /ˌdi viˈeɪ ʃən/
the act of deviating.
departure from a standard or norm.
Statistics. the difference between one of a set of values and some fixed value, usually the mean of the set.
Navigation. the error of a magnetic compass, as that of a ship, on a given heading as a result of local magnetism.
Compare variation (def 8).
  1. Also called deflection. the bending of rays of light away from a straight line.
  2. angle of deviation.
departure or divergence from an established dogma or ideology, especially a Communist one.
Origin of deviation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin dēviātiōn- (stem of dēviātiō), equivalent to Late Latin dēviāt(us) (see deviate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[dee-vee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdi vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
deviative, adjective
nondeviation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deviation
  • Second, it is also possible to transform the data, depending on the deviation.
  • Smaller population sizes, of course, increase the standard deviation of the averages distribution.
  • The deviation in distance of luminosity vs redshift is exactly what you should expect from an expanding universe.
  • The main arguments it takes are the average and the standard deviation of the distribution you want.
  • It does so without complaints, questions or erroneous deviation from the text.
  • The summer deviation below trend has become a late-year deviation above trend.
  • Obviously, a government inevitably creates a deviation from this stable state.
  • Each small deviation from the plan ripples through the rest of the spreadsheet.
  • Indeed, they regard tribal custom as a deviation from sharia law.
  • In fact, these writers seem to have two distinct kinds of intellectual deviation in view, the second more serious than the first.
British Dictionary definitions for deviation


an act or result of deviating
(statistics) the difference between an observed value in a series of such values and their arithmetic mean
the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
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Word Origin and History for deviation

1640s, noun of action from deviate (v.). Statistical sense is from 1858. Related: Deviational.

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deviation in Medicine

deviation de·vi·a·tion (dē'vē-ā'shən)

  1. A turning away or aside from a normal course.

  2. An abnormality.

  3. Deviant behavior or attitudes.

  4. The difference, especially the absolute difference, between one number in a set and the mean of the set.

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deviation in Science
The difference between one number in a set and the mean of the set.
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