[ dih-vur-juh nt, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvɜr dʒənt, daɪ- /


diverging; differing; deviating.
pertaining to or causing divergence.
(of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits.

Nearby words

  1. diverbium,
  2. diverge,
  3. divergence,
  4. divergence insufficiency,
  5. divergency,
  6. divergent plate boundary,
  7. divergent strabismus,
  8. divergent thinking,
  9. diverging lens,
  10. divers

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 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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