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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Making apparel available to dancers of color is a good first step that will hopefully pave the way for greater diversity and acceptance in the industry. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Ballet has long excluded dancers of color. A broader range of “nude” pointe shoes signal change.," 9 Nov. 2018 Organizers asked for more diversity at all levels of the organization. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google has responded to its employees’ demands about sexual misconduct. Here are the changes it will and won’t make.," 8 Nov. 2018 According to Kim at the KSA, transportation has also been one of the organization’s top priorities, alongside increasing racial diversity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 This speaks to the importance of making a compelling case for gender diversity that all managers hear, and investing in more employee training to overcome the biased views—sometimes held by women as well as men—that hold women back. Kevin Sneader And, WSJ, "How to Overcome the Isolation of Women in the Workplace," 23 Oct. 2018 The 36-year-old actress has been an outspoken critic of whitewashing roles and an advocate for diversity and representation on-screen. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Constance Wu Is Taking It Upon Herself to Diversify Hollywood," 24 Aug. 2018 While doing press only weeks into his season 18 debut, however, Galavis' anti-gay remarks cast a cloud on what could have otherwise been seen as a turning point for more diversity on the show. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Bachelor' Franchise Controversies: A Timeline of Bad Behavior and Scandal," 18 June 2018 The Oscar award-winning actress advocated for more diversity during a speech given at Wednesday night’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles by citing data from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Cady Lang, Time, "'Reviews Matter.' Brie Larson Calls for More Diversity in Movie Reviews With Speech," 14 June 2018 Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson appealed for more diversity in film criticism at an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, pointing to stark statistics from a recent study. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Brie Larson calls for more diversity in film criticism following USC study," 14 June 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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