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deviation

de·vi·a·tion

deviation

 
 
pronunciation:
di vi eI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: difference or divergence, as from a typical pattern, accepted social norms, political orthodoxy, or the like.
The critics said the theme of her new book represented a deviation from her standard themes.
similar words:
aberration, abnormality, anomaly, departure, warp
definition 2: the difference between one of a set of numbers and some fixed value, usu. an average.
definition 3: the deflection of a compass needle on a ship caused by the magnetism of the ship itself.
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