neu·​ro·​di·​verse ˌnu̇r-ō-dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce neurodiverse (audio)
: having, relating to, or constituting a type of brain functioning that is not neurotypical
… a way to help neurodiverse individuals adapt to a conventional environment. Thomas Armstrong
Those [loud] decibel levels can be pretty overwhelming for children who have autism or other neurodiverse conditions. Mike Gorrell

Note: The term neurodiverse is related to the concept of neurodiversity, which proposes that variation in brain functioning within the human population is normal and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized.

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neuro- + diverse, after neurodiversity

First Known Use

2002, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurodiverse was in 2002

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“Neurodiverse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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