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A turning aside or altering of the natural course or route of a thing. The term is chiefly applied to the unauthorized change or alteration of a water course to the prejudice of a lower riparian, or to the unauthorized use of funds.

A program for the disposition of a criminal charge without a criminal trial; sometimes called operation de nova, intervention, or deferred prosecution.

The disposition is conditional on the defendant's performing certain tasks or participating in a treatment program. If the conditions are successfully completed, the charge is dismissed. But if the accused does not meet his or her obligations, prosecution may be instituted.


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n. in criminal procedure, a system for giving a chance for a first time criminal defendant in lesser crimes to perform community service, make restitution for damage due to the crime, obtain treatment for alcohol or drug problems and/or counselling for antisocial or mentally unstable conduct. If the defendant cooperates and the diversion results in progress, the charges eventually may be dismissed. Diversion may not be granted for a second offense. (See: probation)

See: decoy, detour, deviation, digression, enjoyment, misappropriation, misusage, treat
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So, the next step should be to electrify the diversionary route along withthe Great Western mainline to Swansea.
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Piecing together interviews with 71 veterans, this narrative history relives each day of the Second Marine Parachute Battalion's diversionary raid on the Pacific island of Choiseul from October 28 to November 4.
Flight Guard" automatically releases diversionary flares if a heat-seeking missile is detected by its on-board sensors, according to Reuters.
This important contribution to public health is being undermined by the diversionary tactics of the SMA.
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The year-long Aleutians Campaign began in June 1942 as a diversionary measure by the Japanese to focus American attention away from their main operation, the invasion of Midway Atoll.
will be in operation as normal or using diversionary routes from today.