Meaning of DIVERGENT in English


dīˈvərjənt, -və̄j-, -vəij- also də̇ˈv- or ˈdī|v- adjective

Etymology: Medieval Latin divergent-, divergens, present participle of divergere


a. : diverging from each other : radiating from a common center

divergent lines

the divergent evolution of two species

: spreading

divergent branches

— opposed to convergent

b. : differing from each other or from a standard : deviating, deviant

how to reconcile these divergent statements

frowned on his divergent behavior

2. : relating to or being an infinite sequence that does not have a limit or an infinite series whose partial sums do not have a limit

3. : causing divergence of rays

a divergent lens

Synonyms: see different

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