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deviate

[dē′vē·it]
Etymology: L, deviare, to turn aside
1 n, a person or an act that varies from that which is considered standard, such as a social or sexual deviate, or that which is within a statistic norm.
2 v, to vary from that which is considered standard or within a statistic norm. deviant, adj., deviation, n.

deviate

noun A poetic (i.e., non-medical) term for a person who engages in nontraditional and/or bizarre sexual practices.

deviate

(dē′vē-āt″) [L. deviare, to turn aside]
1. To move steadily away from a designated norm.
2. An individual whose behavior, esp. sexual behavior, is so far removed from societal norms that it is classed as socially, morally, or legally unacceptable.
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So, with this information you can plan to deviate only 36 miles instead of the 50.
Firms that deviate from fit in their current environments, may be doing so deliberately in order to benefit in the future.
Hence if condition (6) holds, it does not pay the union to deviate.
Hirschi suggested that persons who strongly believe in the these norms are less likely to deviate from them.
The number of leading zero-bits of a (0, 1)-uniform deviate U has this distribution.
Indeed, one might fault Agosto Cintron for an apparent reticence to engage in 'theoretical' argumentation or to point out the lines where her interpretation deviates from others.
An analysis of the bar chart shows the sample data deviate from Benford's predictions for second-digit frequencies--further evidence of irregularity.
The temperature gradient created when sunlight strikes one edge of the mirror while the other edge remains in darkness -- a scenario occurring daily and lasting several hours -- temporarily causes the mirrors to deviate from flatness by about 300 millionths of an inch, an error large enough to significantly dim the images of clouds, oceans and storms, Dezio says.
Sy nevertheless felt she had to deviate from the buy-and-hold philosophy to one with a short-term focus to win the contest.