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divergent (daɪˈvɜːdʒənt Pronunciation for divergent



  1. diverging or causing divergence
  2. (of opinions, interests, etc) different
  3. (mathematics) (of a series) having no limit; not convergent
  4. (botany) (of plant organs) farther apart at their tops than at their bases
The use of divergent to mean different as in they hold widely divergent views is considered by some people to be incorrect

Derived Forms

diˈvergently adverb


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= different, conflicting, differing, disagreeing, diverse, separate, varying, variant, diverging, dissimilar, deviating

Translations for 'divergent'

  • British English: divergent Divergent things are different from each other. ADJECTIVE...two people who have divergent views on this question.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: divergente
  • Chinese: 不同的
  • European Spanish: divergente
  • French: divergent divergente
  • German: abweichend
  • Italian: divergente
  • Japanese: 異なる
  • Korean: 서로 다른
  • Portuguese: divergente
  • Spanish: divergente

Example Sentences Including 'divergent'

16 April 2004 Regional rifts dog the UK economy, as divergent trends lead to a patchy upturn, the BCC found.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He said the talks had stalled in December after there were ` divergent opinions and beliefs about fine print issues".
Misc (1999)
He told a packed chamber:'We continue to seek consensus around compromise between a multitude of divergent views.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Its stories are drawn from numerous and widely divergent local traditions.
Kinahan, Frank Yeats, Folklore, and Occultism: Contexts of the Early Work and Thought.
The divergent tracks of the three bank group stocks suggest the market thinks this deal is done.
The Australian (2004)
The ideal male and female silhouettes, once naturally, even exaggeratedly divergent , are now virtually interchangeable.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman
This trend branched off into similar, but divergent directions.
Business Today (1999)


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