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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


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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