1. [ noun ] a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
Synonyms: difference departure divergence

"the deviation from the mean"

Related terms: variation discrepancy driftage flection deviate distinguish
2. [ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function
Related terms: statistic mean_deviation outlier statistics
3. [ noun ] deviate behavior
Synonyms: deviance
Related terms: abnormality deviate
4. [ noun ] the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
Related terms: erroneousness deviate
5. [ noun ] a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
Synonyms: diversion deflexion deflection divagation digression

: "a diversion from the main highway" "a digression into irrelevant details" "a deflection from his goal"

Related terms: turn red_herring deflect deviate digress deflect deviate
Similar spelling:   deviationist