deviant behavior

(redirected from Formal deviance)

deviant behavior

actions that exceed the usual limits of accepted behavior and involve failure to comply with the social norm of the group.

de·vi·ant be·ha·vior

(dē'vē-ănt bē-hāv'yŏr)
Activity that is proscribed by custom, social mores, or laws intended to curb or discourage such activity.

deviant behavior

Any behavior considered to be grossly abnormal.
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