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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.
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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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  • 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.

  • It consists merely in divergent specialization from a general center.

    Expository Writing

    Mervin James Curl

British Dictionary definitions for divergent


  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
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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 divergent


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

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