ho·​mo·​ge·​ne·​i·​ty | \ˌhō-mə-jə-ˈnē-ə-tē, -ˈnā- also nonstandard -ˈnī-; especially British ˌhä-\

Definition of homogeneity 

1 : the quality or state of being of a similar kind or of having a uniform structure or composition throughout : the quality or state of being homogeneous

2 mathematics : the state of having identical cumulative distribution functions or values

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Because at some point, whether in ten years or 20 or 30, the technological noose will draw tight, and the homogeneity of electrics will render moot all the age-old barroom debates on cylinder count and turbos. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "When Is a Porsche Not Really a Porsche?," 23 Jan. 2017 Amid Denmark’s homogeneity, the festival provided a safe space to hash out differences. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Where Danes Butt Heads (Politely) With Their Leaders," 23 June 2018 Colleges simply don’t pay a price for their sustained attacks on student rights and academic freedom, and there is no cost to them for their insistence on intellectual homogeneity. WSJ, "It’s Past Time for Real College Board Reform," 15 June 2018 But by a more detailed metric, Norway is near the top of the list in terms of ethnic homogeneity. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Haiti and Africa? No, thanks. Trump prefers immigrants from some of the least diverse countries on Earth.," 11 Jan. 2018 While Harvard and Yale (and Columbia) are undoubtedly some of the most well-regarded and prestigious universities in the country, many have expressed concern about the homogeneity of the Court’s makeup. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "One Thing Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Won't Change Is the Supreme Court's Harvard-Yale Monopoly," 10 July 2018 The collective Ferg belongs to, ASAP Mob, is as guilty of contributing to the homogeneity as any other mainstream rap act—their worst material is instantly forgotten amid the Soundcloud playlists swelling with new rap tracks. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "ASAP Ferg shows he’s the real boss in ASAP Mob," 5 July 2018 After Justice Kennedy leaves the court at the end of the month, its remaining members will be a study in homogeneity — all attended law school at Harvard or Yale. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Two Judges Exemplify the Choice Trump Faces in a Supreme Court Pick," 3 July 2018 Although public intellectuals warned of pervasive anxiety, Americans celebrated the 1950s as a period of prosperity, consensus, harmony, and homogeneity. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "Alan Nadel's 'Demographic Angst': The dark anxieties behind 1950s films," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of homogeneity

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homogeneity

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ho·​mo·​ge·​ne·​i·​ty | \ˌhō-mə-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē, -ˈnā-ət-, ˌhäm-ə-\
plural homogeneities

Medical Definition of homogeneity 

: the quality or state of being homogeneous

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