divergence

noun
di·​ver·​gence | \ də-ˈvər-jən(t)s How to pronounce divergence (audio) , dī-\

Definition of divergence

1a : a drawing apart (as of lines extending from a common center)
c : the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms in unlike environments
2 : a deviation from a course or standard
3 : the condition of being mathematically divergent

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Synonyms & Antonyms for divergence

Synonyms

bifurcation, divarication, divergency, separation

Antonyms

convergence

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Examples of divergence in a Sentence

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

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Recent months have shown a growing divergence between the high and low ends of the U.S. market. Los Angeles Times, "Housing affordability crisis spreads to the Midwest and other lower-cost areas," 30 July 2019 Domestic cats also display relatively modest genetic divergence from their ancestors, meaning their brains are probably still wired to think like a wildcat’s. Lauren Robin Finka, Quartz, "How to stroke a cat, according to science," 23 July 2019 Since 2009, the South’s convergence has turned to divergence, as the region recorded the country’s slowest growth in output and wages, the lowest labor-force participation rate and the highest unemployment rate. ... Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind: ‘All of a Sudden the Money Stops Flowing’," 9 June 2019 Much of Wells Fargo’s divergence occurred just after Sloan stepped down. Hannah Levitt, Los Angeles Times, "As Wells Fargo seeks a new CEO, it loses $24 billion in market value," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent months have shown a growing divergence between the high and low ends of the U.S. market. Prashant Gopal, chicagotribune.com, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads to heartland," 5 Aug. 2019 That choice, to count food stamps as equivalent to cash, is by far the biggest point of divergence. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 Recent months have shown a growing divergence between the high and low ends of the U.S. market. Prashant Gopal, chicagotribune.com, "America’s housing affordability crisis spreads to heartland," 5 Aug. 2019 Choi also said Moon’s words would strengthen views that the trade dispute between South Korea and Japan may signal a larger geopolitical divergence between the U.S. allies over North Korea and other security issues. Washington Post, "Moon calls for ‘peace economy’ with N. Korea, slams Japan," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of divergence

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for divergence

see diverge

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divergence

noun
di·​ver·​gence | \ də-ˈvər-jən(t)s, dī- How to pronounce divergence (audio) \

Medical Definition of divergence

1a : a drawing apart
b : the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms under the influence of unlike environments
2 : dissemination of the effect of activity of a single nerve cell through multiple synaptic connections — compare convergence sense 4

Other Words from divergence

diverge \ -​ˈvərj How to pronounce diverge (audio) \ verb diverged; diverging
divergent \ -​ˈvər-​jənt How to pronounce divergent (audio) \ adjective

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