diversity

noun
di·ver·si·ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē , 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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Sammy Watkins, now with his third team, adds diversity and balance to a Chiefs offense that was one of seven that had a tight end as its leading receiver last season. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "AFC West Offseason Report Cards: Chiefs Reload, Chargers Poised for a Run, Keenum Holds Broncos’ Fate, Gruden Goes Veteran-Heavy," 27 June 2018 The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and while Netflix garnered more nods than any other outlet with 112, diversity was the big winner among the acting talent. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Diversity Takes Center Stage at 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Instead, an international team of scientists found that the genetic diversity of the region is more complex than initially suspected, with Hòabìnhian, East Asian, Southeast Asian and Vietnamese populations all contributing to the mix. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population," 11 July 2018 And diversity is always easier to digest when the team is winning. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup puts a different spotlight on immigration for European teams," 10 July 2018 The diversity of skills is what has allowed Muncy to stay ahead of opposing pitchers, Dodgers officials say. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "From unknown to indispensable, Max Muncy is putting up All-Star numbers for the Dodgers," 5 July 2018 Wherever possible, our photo editors know to select stock photos that show a broad diversity of people—race, gender presentation, body size, age, and ability. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "How Should a Health Brand Talk About Weight?," 25 June 2018 Gender diversity is one of Codelco’s strategic objectives, according to its annual report. Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg.com, "Copper King Pushes Gender Diversity -- With All-Male Board," 26 May 2018 Experimental evidence suggests that there is a tension between diversity and generosity. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of diversity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diversity

see diverse

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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 , 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- \

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