evolutionary biology: the development of dissimilar traits or features (as of body structure or behavior) in closely related populations, species, or lineages of common ancestry that typically occupy dissimilar environments or ecological niches : divergent evolution
a growing divergence of opinion about that U.S. president's place in history
any divergence from the community's strict moral code was met with social ostracism
Recent Examples on the WebPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rebuffed calls from the U.S. and some Arab leaders for the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza after the war ends, deepening the divergence between Israel and the U.S. on a postwar plan for the enclave.—WSJ, 13 Nov. 2023 Since body lice are evolutionarily adapted to living in fabrics, the divergence likely indicates that humans began to wear clothing in that era, and the pests adapted to make themselves at home.—Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 The divergence between the streamers and the legacy companies remains.—Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Sep. 2023 The divergence between our sun's solar wind and that of a Wolf-Rayet exceeds that ratio by a factor of more than 10,000.—Peter Tuthill, Scientific American, 15 Aug. 2023 Despite the growing divergence with Israel, there is no sign Biden is ready to threaten withholding U.S. military assistance or to impose other consequences on Israel.—Anna Schecter, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 But ideological divergences will limit the extent to which jihadis will be able to seize this moment to reenergize their movement.—Cole Bunzel, Foreign Affairs, 2 Nov. 2023 According to Mariani, though, her death had a clearer impact on his father’s life’s path, where the divergence was immediate and more marked than on his own.—Hazlitt, 27 Sep. 2023 Corporate boards across industries have for decades doled out bigger and bigger packages to CEOs, leading to a growing divergence between how corporations in the US and beyond have rewarded workers relative to their top bosses.—Rebecca Greenfield, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 See More
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borrowed from New Latin dīvergentia, noun derivative of Latin dīvergent-, dīvergensdivergent