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English noun: deviation

1. deviation (event) a variation that deviates from the standard or norm


SamplesThe deviation from the mean.


Synonymsdeparture, difference, divergence


Broader (hypernym)fluctuation, variation


Narrower (hyponym)discrepancy, driftage, flection, flexion, inflection, variance, variant

2. deviation (cognition) the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function


Broader (hypernym)statistic


Narrower (hyponym)mean deviation, mean deviation from the mean, outlier


Domain categorystatistics

3. deviation (attribute) the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances


Broader (hypernym)erroneousness, error

4. deviation (act) deviate behavior


Synonymsdeviance


Broader (hypernym)abnormality, irregularity

5. deviation (act) a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)


SamplesA diversion from the main highway.
A digression into irrelevant details.
A deflection from his goal.


Synonymsdeflection, deflexion, digression, divagation, diversion


Broader (hypernym)turn, turning


Narrower (hyponym)red herring









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