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[dih-vur-suh-fi-key-shuh n, dahy-] /dɪˌvɜr sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, daɪ-/
the act or process of diversifying; state of being diversified.
the act or practice of manufacturing a variety of products, investing in a variety of securities, selling a variety of merchandise, etc., so that a failure in or an economic slump affecting one of them will not be disastrous.
Origin of diversification
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin dīversificātiōn- (stem of dīversificātiō). See diversify, -fication
Related forms
nondiversification, noun
overdiversification, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diversification
  • During the current downdraft, diversification has not shielded many investors.
  • The paleontologists say their discovery advances understanding of dinosaur evolution and diversification.
  • But whether a similar pattern of developmental diversification characterizes the other hominids, they add, remains to be seen.
  • It can be tough choosing between a stock portfolio's upside potential and a mutual fund's low-risk diversification and management.
  • While some have limited their diversification to other forms of the energy business, many utilities have wandered far afield.
  • In the long run, less diversification has to mean higher risk, on average.
  • Dell's executives argue that the firm's diversification strategy is already bearing fruit.
  • Energy efficiency and diversification is necessary for today's world.
  • Cisco's diversification into the server market is fraught with risk.
  • Of course there are a lot of examples of diversification of genome.
British Dictionary definitions for diversification


(commerce) the practice of varying products, operations, etc, in order to spread risk, expand, exploit spare capacity, etc
(in regional planning policies) the attempt to provide regions with an adequate variety of industries
the act of diversifying
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Word Origin and History for diversification

c.1600, noun of action from Medieval Latin diversificare (see diversify). Economic sense is from 1939.

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