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[dih-vur-juh nt, dahy-]
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  1. diverging; differing; deviating.
  2. pertaining to or causing divergence.
  3. (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 formsdi·ver·gent·ly, adverbnon·di·ver·gent, adjectivenon·di·ver·gent·ly, adverbun·di·ver·gent, adjectiveun·di·ver·gent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for divergently

Historical Examples

  • They and their servants are always "bettering themselves" divergently.

    Arrows of the Chace, v. 2

    John Ruskin

  • Steadily and divergently mankind pursued one or other of these two lines.

British Dictionary definitions for divergently


  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 Formsdivergently, adverb


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 divergently



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

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