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deflect (v.)

1550s, "cause to turn aside" (transitive), from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend," which is of uncertain origin. The intransitive sense of "to turn away or aside" is from 1610s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

Origin and meaning of deflect

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