Deviate

Definition of Deviate

De´vi`ate   Pronunciation: dē´vė`ĭt
v. i.1.To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary.
[imp. & p. p. Deviated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deviating .]
Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take,
May boldly deviate from the common track.
- Pope.
v. t.1.To cause to deviate.
To deviate a needle.
- J. D. Forbes.
a.1.having behavior differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner; as, deviate behavior.
n.1.a person having behavior differing from that which is normal or socially acceptable; - used especially to characterize persons whose sexual behavior is considered morally unacceptable.

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