Definition of deviation
- deviation from Communist orthodoxy
There have been slight deviations in the satellite's orbit.
Having juice instead of coffee was a deviation from his usual routine.
The pattern's deviation from the norm is significant.
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: an action, behavior, or condition that is different from what is usual or expected
: the difference between the average of a group of numbers and a particular number in that group
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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