Definition of deflect:
hinder, exclude, turn down, head off, void, debar, obviate, swing, block up, avoid, blank out, draw a blank, turn, reject, evade, elude, block off, straight, nullify, circumvent, immobilise, impede, halt, embarrass, mold, stop, change, crouch, turn away, ward off, avert, stoop, influence, invalidate, duck, quash, deform, sidestep, obturate, lug, blockade, stave off, pivot, deviate, jam, disorder, forfend, disquiet, angle, yield, twine, stymy, immobilize, unhinge, parry, trouble, eliminate, dodge, rid of, freeze, stymie, bend, suspend, annul, put off, incline, perturb, kibosh, stuff, hedge, skirt, submit, distract, persuade, fend off, barricade, refuse, fudge, occlude, obstruct, close up, block, forget, forefend, choke up, cark, bias, keep off.
- bend (part of speech: verb)
- dissuade (part of speech: verb)
- diverge (part of speech: verb)
- deflect (part of speech: verb)
- "The Short Cut", Jackson Gregory.
If it is at length resolved to bury the slander and trust Ireland, in the name of justice and reason let the trust be complete and the institutions given her such as to permit full play to her best instincts and tendencies, not such as to deflect them into wrong paths.- "The Framework of Home Rule", Erskine Childers.
A child must have these experiences if he is to come to his own later: this is not the time to stamp out but only to deflect and guide; otherwise he becomes a weak and pale reflection of his elders, with little resource or enthusiasm.- "The Child Under Eight", E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith.