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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
First recorded in 1690-1700, divergent is from the Medieval Latin word 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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  • That the habits of the Judge and the drummer were divergent made it all the more annoying.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Burr could get no help from any of the divergent parties he had attempted to gain.

  • But this traveling on divergent lines could not but have its effect upon them.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • The results are so divergent on this point that it is best not to adopt any standard at present.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • It consists merely in divergent specialization from a general center.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
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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