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 different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) 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 Such a scenario would hurt efforts to improve diversity in hiring. Ariella Steinhorn, Fortune, "NDAs bear blame for some of the worst corporate cover-ups. How that should change," 18 Sep. 2020 Scientists recently cloned a Przewalski's horse for the first time, with the hope of improving genetic diversity in the wild population. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "How captivity saved these animals from extinction," 17 Sep. 2020 Take, for example, the one that argued that Blacks and Hispanics lack the cultural fundamentals for success in the American economy; or the commentary in a leading chemistry journal that was hostile to efforts to increase diversity. Adam Marcus, Wired, "Science Journals Are Purging Racist, Sexist Work. Finally," 17 Sep. 2020 Margaryan and his colleagues found less genetic diversity in people from inland, northern, and rural regions than in people from more cosmopolitan places. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA sheds light on Viking origins, travels," 16 Sep. 2020 Companies like Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, and Ralph Lauren have also recently pledged to institute quotas to boost racial diversity within their leadership. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "A Diversity of Terrible Bosses," 16 Sep. 2020 For her, the event was as much a preview of what a future without Trump would bring as an ode to the country’s diversity. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Case to Latino Voters Comes Late. Will They Listen?," 16 Sep. 2020 The training includes topics such as professionalism, honoring diversity, engaging students, classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students with special needs and working with at-risk youth. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Catholic guilt, pandemic rage room, dairy farm upside: News from around our 50 states," 15 Sep. 2020 One of the best ways for organizations to ensure diversity is to develop inclusive talent pipelines with more female representation, including women of color and diverse cultural backgrounds. Jennifer Dirks, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Kowalik's resignation reflects a continuing need to improve diversity," 15 Sep. 2020

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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diversity

noun
How to pronounce diversity (audio)

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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