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
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.
Recent Examples of diversity from the Web
Audiences have to settle for a swift opening montage, detailing the growth and diversity of the space station of the title, and then for stray, misleadingly inventive flashes thereafter.
Be assured that hateful lawsuits are not going to stop me from celebrating our nation’s diversity.
The demand for women surgeons in certain specialties is driving Hartford Hospital to seek gender diversity, Dr. Rocco Orlando, a general surgeon and chief medical officer at Hartford HealthCare, said.
Stories celebrating our country's diversity through stories that bind us together.
The company has faced intense criticism for its lack of diversity and has only recently begun to address the matter.
Firms including Tyson Foods Inc., Dentsply Sirona Inc., Continental Resources Inc. and Restaurant Brands International Inc. received shareholder proposals on board diversity this year.
Vermeij and Grosberg trace the lack of diversity among small animals to the differences in air and water as a medium.
The desire for greater diversity on corporate boards is extending to another category: age.
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DIVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diversity for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of diversity for Students
: the condition or fact of being different The island has great diversity in its plant life.
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