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From Middle French deviation, from Medieval Latin deviatio Morphologically deviate +‎ -ion


  • (US) IPA(key): /diviˈeɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
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deviation (countable and uncountable, plural deviations)

  1. The act of deviating; wandering off the correct or true path or road
  2. A departure from the correct way of acting
  3. The state or result of having deviated; a transgression; an act of sin; an error; an offense.
    mankind’s deviation from divine will
  4. A detour in a road or railway.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 21:
      "A rough place, my last district; sixty navvies on the Springbank deviation works, let alone eighty of these dole bugs to attend to."
  5. (contract law) The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured, thus releasing the underwriters from their responsibility.
  6. (Absolute Deviation) The shortest distance between the center of the target and the point where a projectile hits or bursts.
  7. (statistics) For interval variables and ratio variables, a measure of difference between the observed value and the mean.
  8. (metrology) The signed difference between a value and its reference value.

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deviation c (singular definite deviationen, plural indefinite deviationer)

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