Deviate vs Biased - What's the difference?

deviate | biased |

As verbs the difference between deviate and biased

is that deviate is to go off course from; to change course; to change plans while biased is (bias).

As a noun deviate

is (sociology) a person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.

As an adjective biased is

exhibiting bias; prejudiced.




(en noun)
  • (sociology) A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
  • * 1915: James Cornelius Wilson, A Handbook of medical diagnosis []
  • ...Walton has suggested that it is desirable "to name the phenomena signs of deviation, and call their possessors deviates or a deviate as the case may be...
  • * 1959: Leon Festinger, Stanley Schachter, Kurt W. Back, Social Pressures in Informal Groups: A Study of Human Factors in Housing []
  • Under these conditions the person who appears as a deviate' is a ' deviate only because we have chosen, somewhat arbitrarily, to call him a member of the court ...
  • * 2001: Rupert Brown, Group Processes []
  • ...The second confederate was also to be a deviate initially...
  • (statistics) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.
  • * 1928: Karl J. Holzinger, Statistical Methods for Students in Education []
  • It will be noted that for a deviate x = 1.5, the ordinate z will have the value .130...
  • * 2001: Sanjeev B. Sarmukaddam, Indrayan Indrayan, Abhaya Indrayan, Medical Biostatistics []
  • This difference is called a deviate. When a deviate is divided by its SD a, it is called a relative deviate or a standard deviate.
  • * 2005: Michael J. Crawley, Statistics: An Introduction Using R []
  • This is a deviate so the appropriate function is qt. We need to supply it with the probability (in this case p = 0.975) and the degrees of freedom...


  • To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.
  • He's deviating from the course. Follow him!
  • To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.
  • His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from local censorship norms .
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take, / May boldly deviate from the common track.


    * (change course ): swerve, veer * (stray ): stray, wander


    * English heteronyms ----



    Alternative forms

    * (UK) biassed


  • (bias)
  • She biased them against him for no apparent reason.


    (en adjective)
  • exhibiting bias; prejudiced
  • The newspaper gave a biased account of the incident.
  • angled at a slant
  • The table had a biased edge.


    * (having a partial view) partial, prejudiced, tendentious