from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
- n. One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to a deviation; characterized by deviation from an expectation or a social standard.
- n. A person who deviates, especially from norms of social behavior.
- n. A thing, phenomenon, or trend that deviates from an expectation or pattern.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Deviating.
- adj. having behavior or characteristics differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Deviating; straying; wandering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
- adj. markedly different from an accepted norm
Middle English deviaunt, from Late Latin dēviāns, dēviant-, present participle of dēviāre, to deviate; see deviate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)