[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for divergently


/ (daɪˈvɜːdʒənt) /


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


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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