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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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We will be closely monitoring the diversionary route and the main arterial roads in the nearby vicinity.
For example, in response to domestic unrest, a national leader may choose diversionary war, repression, economic reforms, or foreign intervention.
On diversionary feeding, Mr Harper said: "We are aware of a small number of gamekeepers that have used this technique with great success and had the eggs hatched at the English nest, the local gamekeeper and landowner had agree to trial the technique.
These are all diversionary tactics and if one is preoccupied all the time handling these diversionary tactics, naturally this affects the capacity and ability of the government to attend to its tasks of governance," he added.
You can't kid a kid so if the "flying stage" and flashy pyrotechnics had been mere diversionary tactics to disguise sub-standard songs, McFly would have been sussed out after two numbers.
THE Elite Racing Club, which has 22 horses in training this year, enjoyed a lucrative diversionary activity at the weekend, when it netted pounds 94,853 by winning the Tote Scoop6, writes Rodney Masters.
It's opening night for The Daddy Machine (no, not that kind of daddy), a family-friendly play at San Diego's Diversionary Theatre, which produces LGBT fare exclusively.
Obviously, I explained to the nonplussed newshounds, they had better do battle with their network overlords, who were keeping them in the dark, feeding them instead diversionary folderol (like giant pickles, Madonna's latest video, and the bedding practices of Hollywood celebs).
Flight Guard" automatically releases diversionary flares if a heat-seeking missile is detected by its on-board sensors, according to Reuters.
However, this is a diversionary tactic--because behind the scenes the website is downloading malware onto the users computer without their knowledge.
This is actually a smart bit of diversionary play by Danny - confusing Frankie by playing the ex-wife card - so she won't notice he's actually sleeping with his son's girlfriend.