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homogeneity

[ hoh-muh-juh-nee-i-tee, hom-uh- ]
/ 藢ho蕣 m蓹 d蕭蓹藞ni 瑟 ti, 藢h蓲m 蓹- /
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noun
composition from like parts, elements, or characteristics; state or quality of being homogeneous.
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Also ho路mo路ge路ne路ous路ness [hoh-muh-jee-nee-uhs-nis, -jeen-yuhs-, hom-uh-]. /藢ho蕣 m蓹藞d蕭i ni 蓹s n瑟s, -藞d蕭in y蓹s-, 藢h蓲m 蓹-/.

Origin of homogeneity

1615鈥25; <Medieval Latin homogeneit膩s, equivalent to homogene(us) homogeneous + -it膩s-ity

OTHER WORDS FROM homogeneity

non路ho路mo路ge路ne路i路ty, noun
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What does聽homogeneity mean?

Homogeneity is the state or quality of being homogeneous鈥攃onsisting of parts or elements that are all the same.

Something described as homogeneous is uniform in nature or character throughout. Homogeneous can also be used to describe multiple things that are all essentially alike or of the same kind. It鈥檚 especially used to refer to the state of a society, culture, or situation that lacks variety or diversity. The word is often used in the context of criticism that implies that such things are biased, boring, or bland.

In the context of chemistry, homogeneous is used to describe a mixture that is uniform in structure or composition. Homogeneity can be used to refer to the state of such a mixture.

The general sense of homogeneous can be used interchangeably with the word homogenous (which is spelled without a second e and is pronounced differently). When used in this general way, homogenous is more commonly used than homogeneous. Homogeneity can be used in reference to either word.

The opposite of homogeneity is heterogeneity, which is the state of being heterogeneous鈥攃onsisting of different, distinguishable parts or elements.

Example: The homogeneity of this suburb is extreme鈥攅ven the houses all look the same.

Where does聽homogeneity come from?

The first records of the word homogeneity come from around the 1620s. It ultimately comes from the Greek homogen岣梥, meaning 鈥渙f the same kind,鈥 from homo, 鈥渟ame,鈥 and g茅nos, 鈥渒ind.鈥 The suffix -ity is used to form nouns.

Homogeneity is a state in which everything is the same kind of thing. This can apply to objects, people, and abstract things like culture and society. It鈥檚 especially used to refer to the state of a group that lacks diversity鈥攕uch as a board of directors that consists entirely of white men.

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What are some other forms of homogeneity?

  • nonhomogeneity (noun)

What are some synonyms for homogeneity?

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What are some words that often get used in discussing homogeneity?

What are some words homogeneity may be commonly confused with?

How is聽homogeneity used in real life?

The word homogeneity is most commonly used in the context of something that lacks variety or diversity.

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of homogeneity?

A. diversity
B. uniformity
C. homogeneousness
D. sameness

How to use homogeneity in a sentence

Cultural definitions for homogeneity

homogeneity
[ (hoh-muh-juh-nee-uh-tee, hoh-muh-juh-nay-uh-tee) ]

Cultural, social, biological, or other similarities within a group. (Compare heterogeneity.)

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