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deflection (n.)

also (and with more etymological propriety) deflexion, "act of turning or state of being turned aside," c. 1600, from Latin deflexionem, noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend," which is of uncertain origin. Both forms were in use in 17c., but since then the spelling with -c- has come to predominate.

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Definitions of deflection from WordNet

deflection (n.)
a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting;
Synonyms: warp
deflection (n.)
the amount by which a propagating wave is bent;
Synonyms: deflexion / refraction
deflection (n.)
the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position;
Synonyms: deflexion
deflection (n.)
the property of being bent or deflected;
Synonyms: deflexion / bending
deflection (n.)
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern);
a deflection from his goal
Synonyms: diversion / deviation / digression / deflexion / divagation
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