di·​ver·​sion·​ary | \ də-ˈvər-zhə-ˌner-ē , dī-, -shə-\

Definition of diversionary

: tending to draw attention away from the principal concern : being a diversion

Examples of diversionary in a Sentence

This is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the issues.

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MoviePass has been struggling all year, and this mildly bizarre attempt at a cute stopgap feels unusually cloying and diversionary. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "MoviePass is staffed by dogs now, apparently," 8 Nov. 2018 The group provides support for community members who have had, or plan to have, diversionary bowel and bladder surgery. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Families with hospitalized kids served ...community news," 27 June 2018 Alexander applied for the family violence education program, a diversionary program for first-time domestic violence offenders whose cases are deemed to be not too serious. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge Denies Former State Rep Alexander's Effort To Avoid Prosecution In Assault Case," 5 July 2018 The reduced jail incarceration rate was achieved through reforms including faster case processing, reduced reliance on money bail and expanded diversionary courts, Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifeld said. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Philly to close crumbling House of Correction as jail population declines," 18 Apr. 2018 McCune believes a mixture of law enforcement and diversionary long-term treatment is the best approach to solving the crisis. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County prepares to ban safe-injection sites before anyone suggests them," 18 Mar. 2018 Police are not disclosing details of why the boys brought weapons to school, but said Wednesday that both have been referred to a diversionary program in the juvenile justice system. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "DiLoreto Staff Should Have Told Parents About Knife Incident Sooner, New Britain Superintendent Says," 16 May 2018 No amount of diversionary talk over other evidence can now change that. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "What Is the FBI Hiding?," 5 Apr. 2018 But studies of such diversionary programs are showing them to be more effective at preventing and reducing crime than the usual expulsions and prison sentences. Mimi Swartz, New York Times, "How Does Empathy Work? A Writer Explores the Science and Its Applications," 24 Apr. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of diversionary

formal : tending or intended to take attention away from someone or something important

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