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
Luckily for Seattle, that diversity was largely intact for the up cycle.
These trends blunted the impact of the overall population’s growing diversity.
Sullivan seemed to have gained the respect and trust of the newsroom in her tenure there, sometimes getting ideas for columns from the paper’s staff themselves (an apparent motivation for her ongoing scrutiny of the paper’s diversity in hirings).
After leaving the U.S. to live in Paris, where European sentiment to diversity was far more accepting, Baker bought a chateau.
Indeed, among elite institutions, diversity has become a key emblem of elite status.
The country nonetheless champions immigration and diversity and will press against any hardening of borders and made headlines by announcing it would take refugees that its American neighbor turned away.
The best thing is to explore the terroir and the history of mezcal, the diversity of the different regions.
That afternoon, the two left the institute in Wilkens' red Jeep Cherokee for their first stop — a suburban Berwyn temp agency where McBride watched a training video on proper lifting techniques and workplace diversity.
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Origin and Etymology of diversity
First Known Use: 14th century
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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