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 of people of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a), cultures, etc. 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 Community groups that advocate for diversity and inclusion shared the flyer as a warning of what was going on in the community and urged the community to instead show and voice their support for equity. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021 Requesting funds to provide these programs and focus on underserved communities within the state to promote diversity and inclusion in Arizona newsrooms. The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 The challenges for diversity and inclusion efforts are particularly strong in the upper ranks. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 20 July 2021 As the university’s chief diversity and inclusion adviser and strategist, Allen reports directly to President Ellen Neufeldt, and is a member of the President’s Administrative Team. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2021 The plaintiffs’ lawyers also have said Yale officials, despite knowing of the complaints against Fontes, promoted him to lead the Anesthesiology Department’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Dave Collins, courant.com, 16 July 2021 At the heart of our values is diversity and inclusion. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, 15 July 2021 The plaintiffs' lawyers also have said Yale officials, despite knowing of the complaints against Fontes, promoted him to lead the Anesthesiology Department's diversity and inclusion efforts. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 That same month, Boston Pride brought on Dorrington & Saunders, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion. NBC News, 13 July 2021

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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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


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.


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