deviance

noun de·vi·ance \ ˈdē-vē-ən(t)s \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of deviance

: deviant quality, state, or behavior

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1941

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deviance

noun de·vi·ance \ ˈdē-vē-ən(t)s \

medical Definition of deviance

: deviant quality, state, or behavior

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