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[dih-vur-juh nt, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜr dʒənt, daɪ-/
diverging; differing; deviating.
pertaining to or causing divergence.
(of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits.
Origin of divergent
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for divergent
  • That doesn't mean that our divergent worldviews don't matter.
  • As to Poe's character and personality the most divergent views have been expressed.
  • The two have remained friends, even as they have taken divergent paths.
  • This is what scientists call a divergent boundary.
  • Novak's soft pastel pencil drawings do much to bring unity to the divergent writing styles represented.
  • When we know how this process really works, we can start to develop in interesting and perhaps divergent ways.
  • So in the same study, we can see that there is a divergent trend between these two forms of cancer.
  • Clearly they are as divergent as can be.
  • On the other hand, networks are by nature decentralized and thus divergent.
  • Interviews are notoriously unreliable, with different interviewers giving widely divergent scores.
British Dictionary definitions for divergent


diverging or causing divergence
(of opinions, interests, etc) different
(maths) (of a series) having no limit; not convergent
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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