diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce diversity (audio) , dī- \
plural diversities

Definition of diversity

1 : the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : variety especially : the inclusion of of people of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a), cultures, etc. in a group or organization programs intended to promote diversity in schools
2 : an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities : an instance of being diverse a diversity of opinion

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Examples of diversity in a Sentence

Another factor in Burns' rise has been the strength and depth of Xerox's commitment to diversity. One-third of Xerox's 3,819 executives are women and 22% are minorities. — Nanette Byrnes et al., Business Week, 8 June 2009 Jim, a lanky, bearded 35-year-old, knows a lot about heirloom fruits and vegetables. He works with the Southern Seed Legacy in Athens, Georgia, an organization devoted to preserving the seeds of heirloom plants in order to restore some of the genetic diversity that industrial agriculture has eroded over the years. — Gary Paul Nabhan, Saveur, October 2009 Even more eccentric is the treatment of the British Empire. Stretching over three centuries and six continents, you might have expected that its extent, duration, and diversity would have made it immune to facile interpretation. — David Gilmour, New York Review, 2 Nov. 2006 The media flood the nation's editorial markets with testimonies to the piebald character of the American democracy jumbled together from a wonderful diversity of colors, creeds, and cultural dispensations, which is a swell story, but in the United States Senate not one visible to the naked eye. — Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, March 2005 The handsome creatures have hooked the interest of evolutionists and ecologists because of their dazzling diversity of shapes, behaviors, and feeding habits, which include nibbling the fins and scales of other fish. Science, 26 Nov. 2004 The island has more diversity in plant life than other islands nearby. The city is known for its cultural diversity. The school aims for diversity in its student population.
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Recent Examples on the Web Actress Melissa Berrera brought up that the dance numbers encompassed the diversity. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Others were ignorant of the diversity of England’s history or its deep colonial ties to Africa and the West Indies. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 Rushdie fulsomely praises the diversity of the writers featured in the collection and drops the names of his personal friends, Paul Auster and David Grossman. Michael Washburn, National Review, 13 June 2021 Longoria stressed that even with the diversity of races and backgrounds that count as Latino, unity is needed. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Donnelly said he was shocked at the diversity of the Chauvin jury. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 Full disclosure: these are my personal favorites, ranked based on the views, the diversity of natural beauty and the accessibility of the trails. oregonlive, 12 June 2021 And having a diverse compliance team can demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of a company’s customer base. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Some hire a firm to perform the search, which typically yields a wider array of candidates with a diversity of experience, gender, race, and ethnicity. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of diversity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diversity

Middle English dyversite "difference, separateness, variety," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French diverseté, diversité, borrowed from Latin dīversitāt-, dīversitās "separateness, condition of being different, difference of opinion," from dīversus "turned in different directions, situated apart, differing" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at diverse

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“Diversity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversity. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for diversity

diversity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diversity

: the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.
: the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization

diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce diversity (audio) , dī- \
plural diversities

Kids Definition of diversity

: the condition or fact of being different The island has great diversity in its plant life.

diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī- How to pronounce diversity (audio) \

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