Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A voluntary departure, without necessity or reasonable cause, from the usual course of a voyage. See 7 Har. & J. (Md.) 279, 16 Am. Dec. 302.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In insurance. Varying from the risks insured against, as described in the policy, without necessity or just cause, after the risk has begun. 1 Phil. Ins. § 977, et seq.; 1 Arn. Ins. 415, et seq. Hostetter v. Park, 137 U. S. 30, 11 Sup. Ct 1, 34 In Ed. 668; Wilkins v. Insurance Co., 30 Ohio St. 317, 27 Am. Rep. 455; Bell v. Insurance Co., 5 Rob. (La.) 445, 39 Am. Dec. 542; Audenreid v. Insurance Co., 60 N. Y. 484, 19 Am. Rep. 204; Crosby v. Fitch, 12 Conn. 420, 31 Am. Dec. 745; The Iroquois, 118 Fed. 1003, 55 O. C. A. 497. Any unnecessary or unexeused departure from the usual or general mode of carrying on the voyage insured. 15 Amer. Law Rev. 108 Deviation is a departure from the course of the voyage Insured, or an unreasonable delay in pursuing the voyage, or the commencement of an entirely different voyage. Civll Code Cal. § 2694. A deviation is a voluntary departure from or delay in the usual and regular course of a voyage insured, without necessity or reasonable cause. This discharges the insurer, from the time of the deviation. Coffin v. Newburyport Marine Ins. Co., 9 Mass. 436. In contracts. A change made in the progress of a work from the original terms or design or method agreed upon.