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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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The acceptance-rejection test in Step 4 occurs with a probability of only 1 in 442.066610 = 1/(1 - p), and then the expected number of trials until acceptance is [alpha] = h/(1 - p) = 1.929909 requiring M = 2[alpha] = 3.859819 additional (0, 1)-uniform deviates U and U', on the average.
The union deviates by choosing a surprise high wage, given that firms are stuck with L for at least one period of time.
Available statistics do not indicate that most or even a large percentage of deviates want a binding and legal marriage.
The court acknowledged that when a taxpayer deviates from a previously established accounting method, and the deviation does not have the time to become a method on its own, there exists the possibility of an accounting error.
Deciding how to deviate around the weather is largely a matter of knowing where the weather is and isn't, where it will and won't be.
The goal of the policy is to assure that no school deviates by more than 15 percent from the district's overall racial composition, which is 60 percent minority (African American, Asian, and Hispanic).
New tool would let air control respond rapidly, if an aircraft experiences difficulty or deviates from its flight plan.
Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI's "Sex Deviates" Program
deviates from an ATC clearance or instruction shall notify ATC of that deviation as soon as possible." Had he climbed, he would've had to tell me, so I could pry other aircraft away from him before they became a collision factor.
The strength of the new glass, however, deviates just 2 percent.
In fact, it deviates from the appearance of its immediate ancestors more than any other cultivated plant known, says Dolores R.
Any mismatch between the incoming and outgoing beams indicates that the mirror deviates from the ideal and may require further polishing to meet specifications.