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deviant

adjective de·vi·ant \-ənt\

: different from what is considered to be normal or morally correct

Full Definition of DEVIANT

:  deviating especially from an accepted norm <deviant behavior>
deviant noun
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Examples of DEVIANT

  1. a study of deviant behavior among criminals
  2. <some studies show that many violent criminals begin exhibiting deviant behavior in early childhood>

First Known Use of DEVIANT

15th century

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