- 1Departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior: deviant behavior a deviant ideologyMore example sentences
- He calls himself ‘a problem drinker, a user and occasional abuser of narcotics, a high school dropout, a pessimist prone to loose women and no stranger to prostitutes and deviant sexual behaviour’.
- Given these contradictory insights from the literature, the issue of deviant behaviour and informal social control in peer - to - peer networks needs more empirical research.
- This, in turn, reinforces the idea that children who exhibit any kind of sexual behavior are deviant in some way.
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late Middle English: from late Latin deviant- 'turning out of the way', from the verb deviare (see deviate).