Meaning of DEVIATION in English

n. 1 a deviating, digressing. b an instance of this. 2 Polit. a departure from accepted (esp. Communist) party doctrine. 3 Statistics the amount by which a single measurement differs from the mean. 4 Naut. the deflection of a ship's compass-needle caused by iron in the ship etc. standard deviation Statistics a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group as a whole. deviational adj. deviationism n. deviationist n.

[ F déviation f. med.L deviatio -onis (as DEVIATE) ]

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