Part of speech: noun

The act of deviating, or its result; variation; error.

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Usage examples "deviation":

  1. This last fact I learned from other information, not having visited that place; as it would have been a deviation from my route, too considerable for the importance of the object. - "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.
  2. His remark is this: In the use of who as an interrogative, there is an apparent deviation from regular construction- it being used without distinction of case; as, 'Who do you speak to? - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. More will be gained by the observance of the ordinary laws of health, than by any foolish deviation, founded on ignorance. - "The American Woman's Home", Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.