Definition of divergent
1 a : diverging from each other <divergent paths> b : differing from each other or from a standard <the divergent interests of capital and labor>
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>
Origin and Etymology of divergent
Latin divergent-, divergens, present participle of divergere
First Known Use: 1696
Synonym Discussion of divergent
Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun.
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