Deviation and Variation


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Deviation noun – A variation that deviates from the standard or norm.
Usage example: the deviation from the mean

Variation is a synonym for deviation in change topic. In some cases you can use "Variation" instead a noun "Deviation", when it comes to topics like divergence, departure. popular alternative
Nearby Words: deviate, deviant, deviating, deviated, deviance
Synonyms for Deviation


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Variation noun – A distinct treatment of something (as a story or a play).
Deviation is a synonym for variation in change topic. You can use "Deviation" instead a noun "Variation", if it concerns topics such as direction, difference. popular alternative
Nearby Words: variety, variable, varied, variance, variant
Synonyms for Variation

How words are described

notable notable deviation notable variation
common common deviation common variation
standard standard deviation standard variation
mild mild deviation mild variation
Other adjectives: small, real, little, slight, subtle, main, clever, interesting, unique, possible, minor, unusual, odd, weird, strange.
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