het·ero·ge·ne·i·ty | \ˌhe-tə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ə-tē, ˌhe-trō-\

Definition of heterogeneity 

: the quality or state of consisting of dissimilar or diverse elements : the quality or state of being heterogeneous cultural heterogeneity

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Examples of heterogeneity in a Sentence

the cultural heterogeneity of its residents is a point of pride for the city

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Right now, in the face of America’s reactionary narrow-mindedness, the work’s insistent cross-cultural heterogeneity feels joyfully subversive. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 Multiculturalism and racial ambiguity as a show of heterogeneity are at the center of the current roster of young adult shows. refinery29.com, "What Happened To All Of The Black Teen Shows?," 3 July 2018 Since the 1980s, the group’s writings have emphasized the heterogeneity of Caribbean history, the fundamental contiguity of life and literature with ecology, and a tradition of oral storytelling that has become the touchstone of Chamoiseau’s oeuvre. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 In China, even among the Han majority there’s a very high degree of linguistic heterogeneity. Nikita Lalwani, Washington Post, "When is nationalism a good thing? When it unites an ethnically diverse citizenry," 26 June 2018 Those kinds of same-party contests have a lack of heterogeneity, the kind that some believe alienates voters who don't see anyone with their values on the ballot. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's free-for-all primaries have left things unsettled, but voters don't want to go back to the old ways," 27 May 2018 The faces and cultures that get portrayed on screen and recognized by awarding institutions are not reflective of the vibrant heterogeneity of America. refinery29.com, "As Vanity Fair's Cover Girl, Lena Waithe Is Right Where She Needs To Be," 22 Mar. 2018 But an unavoidable lesson of the last few years, from both inside and outside the U.S., is that cultural heterogeneity and egalitarianism often cut against each other. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Doom Loop of Modern Liberalism," 24 Oct. 2017 One source of the Ruby men’s murderous hatred of the women is their racial heterogeneity—their utter lack of racial purity. Nell Irvin Painter, New Republic, "Toni Morrison’s Radical Vision of Otherness," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of heterogeneity

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterogeneity

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het·ero·ge·ne·ity | \ˌhet-ə-rō-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē, ˌhe-trō- \
plural heterogeneities

Medical Definition of heterogeneity 

: the quality or state of being heterogeneous

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