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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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Had you not insisted on taking a look, you would have simply begun to deviate all the way back at point A.
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The union deviates by choosing a surprise high wage, given that firms are stuck with L for at least one period of time.
It can be shown that when the firm deviates, allowing them to lay off workers is an unambiguous way of increasing their net benefit from cooperation.
It is also desirable to keep the expected number N of (0, 1)-uniform deviates per sample low so that a transition to more complex uniform generators would not harm the performance too much.
They are based on the exact approximation method by Marsaglia which promises small expected numbers N of consumed (0, 1)-uniform deviates.
We do not tolerate behavior that deviates from our ethical standards.
Other features highlighted by Waters include the system's historical alerts that provide firms with a full audit trail capability and the profile feature that allows investigators to track client, account, product and business activities across several dimensions and is able to detect behavior that deviates from the norm.
According to international regulations, a flight is considered delayed when the actual arrival or departure time deviates by more than 15 minutes from the original scheduled time.
AVR employs a highly sensitive microprocessor that communicates to the tapped transformer to react when voltage deviates from a certain preferred band level.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the Sun Princess will have a distinctive design which deviates from the standard layout for a cruise ship this size.