[ dih-vur-si-tee, dahy- ]
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noun,plural di·ver·si·ties.
  1. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness: diversity of opinion.

  2. variety; multiformity.

    • the spectrum of individual differences and the corresponding group memberships and identities that human beings have in society: A functioning multicultural society celebrates the diversity of its people, but diversity can also be problematic for the maintenance of a cohesive national identity.

    • the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.: an initiative to increase diversity in the workplace.

  1. a point of difference.

Origin of diversity

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English diversite, from Anglo-French, from Latin dīversitās; see diverse, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for diversity


/ (daɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ) /

  1. the state or quality of being different or varied

  2. a point of difference

  1. logic the relation that holds between two entities when and only when they are not identical; the property of being numerically distinct

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