diversionary

adjective
di·​ver·​sion·​ary | \ də-ˈvər-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce diversionary (audio) , 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Nasta says police also could have used a diversionary tactic such as firing at the home, deploying smoke grenades or breaking a door or window in another part of the home. Washington Post, "The Latest: Neighbor: Suspect in slaying harassed family," 20 June 2019 Trump is a political octopus, squirting so much diversionary black ink at us that diversion is the new normal. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion," 14 June 2019 On Wednesday night, lawmakers passed a compromise bill that creates a new diversionary program for juvenile car thieves but also expands the court’s ability to detain repeat offenders. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Tolls vote still looming as General Assembly session ends," 7 June 2019 The Connecticut legislation, expected to be signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, will require prosecutors to compile a variety of data, including how many defendants received prison time, plea bargains or diversionary programs. CBS News, "Connecticut officials say state to become first to collect prosecutor data," 6 June 2019 Promise is a diversionary program that is supposed to allow flexibility in how schools handle troubled kids without making them part of the criminal justice system. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Who’ll be the prosecutor for the Parkland murder trial if Mike Satz won’t seek re-election?," 4 June 2019 Last fall, King County Executive Dow Constantine pledged $4 million to support diversionary programs that work with young offenders in a bid to reduce the county’s juvenile detention population from a typical daily range of 40 or 50 to zero. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "As King County looks to end youth detention, Choose 180 offers a path of ‘restorative justice’," 12 Apr. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'diversionary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of diversionary

1846, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about diversionary

Statistics for diversionary

Last Updated

8 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for diversionary

The first known use of diversionary was in 1846

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for diversionary

diversionary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of diversionary

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

More from Merriam-Webster on diversionary

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with diversionary

Britannica English: Translation of diversionary for Arabic Speakers

Comments on diversionary

What made you want to look up diversionary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!