Examples of deviant in a Sentence
a study of deviant behavior among criminals
some studies show that many violent criminals begin exhibiting deviant behavior in early childhood
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deviant & deviate
Deviant and deviate share a common root (the Latin deviare “to wander off the road, swerve, deviate”) and have some similarities in meaning, but they differ in notable ways. Deviant has functioned in English as an adjective (since the 15th century) and as a noun (since the early 20th century), in each case with a sense that suggests a straying from an accepted norm or from what is considered standard behavior. In contrast to deviant’s socially prescriptive connotations, the verb deviate often implies a less judgmental sense of swerving from the usual way (as in “he never deviated from his routine of drinking coffee with breakfast.”)
DEVIANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deviant for English Language Learners
: different from what is considered to be normal or morally correct
Medical Definition of deviant
: something that deviates from a norm; especially : a person who differs markedly (as in social adjustment or sexual behavior) from what is considered normal for a group
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