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divergent

[dih-vur-juh nt, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜr dʒənt, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
diverging; differing; deviating.
2.
pertaining to or causing divergence.
3.
(of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits.
Origin of divergent
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Medieval Latin dīvergent- (stem of dīvergēns, present participle of dīvergere). See diverge, -ent
Related forms
divergently, adverb
nondivergent, adjective
nondivergently, adverb
undivergent, adjective
undivergently, adverb
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divergent

/daɪˈvɜːdʒənt/
adjective
1.
diverging or causing divergence
2.
(of opinions, interests, etc) different
3.
(maths) (of a series) having no limit; not convergent
4.
(botany) (of plant organs) farther apart at their tops than at their bases
Derived Forms
divergently, adverb
Usage note
The use of divergent to mean different as in they hold widely divergent views is considered by some people to be incorrect
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Word Origin and History for divergent
adj.

1690s, from Modern Latin divergentem (nominative divergens), present participle of divergere (see diverge). Related: Divergently.

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