< Latin varius
speckled, variegated, hence manifold, diverse; see -ous
variously, adverbvariousness, nounnonvarious, adjectivenonvariously, adverbnonvariousness, noun
1. Various, different, distinct, diverse
describe things that are not identical or alike. Various
stresses the multiplicity of sorts or instances of a thing or a class of things: various sorts of seaweed; busy with various duties. Different
emphasizes separateness and dissimilarity: two different
) versions of the same story. Distinct
implies a uniqueness that is clear and unmistakable: plans similar in objective but distinct in method. Diverse
usually suggests a disparity capable of leading to conflict or disagreement: diverse views on how the area should be zoned. 2.
diversified, variegated, varied.
identical, same, uniform, similar.