AskDefine | Define diversity

Dictionary Definition



1 noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing" [syn: diverseness, multifariousness, variety]
2 the condition or result of being changed

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈdaɪ.vɜː(ɹ)s.ɪ.ti/, /"daI.v3:(r)s.I.ti/


  1. the quality of being diverse or different; difference or variety


the quality of being diverse; difference

Extensive Definition

Diversity may refer to:
  • Multiculturalism, the ideology of including people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Diversity (politics), the political and social policy of encouraging tolerance for people of different backgrounds
  • Diversity (business), the business tactic which encourages diversity to better serve a heterogeneous customer base
    • Diversity training, the process of educating employees, students or volunteers to function in a diverse environment
  • Biodiversity, the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem
  • Diversity scheme, a method for improving the reliability of message signal by using multiple communications channels
  • Diversity jurisdiction, a concept under which U.S. federal courts can hear suits between parties from different states

See also

diversity in German: Diversität

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Proteus, about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, agreement to disagree, alienation, allotropism, allotropy, alteration, amelioration, antagonism, apostasy, argumentation, bad copy, bad likeness, betterment, break, camouflage, change, change of heart, changeableness, clashing, conflict, constructive change, continuity, contradiction, contrariety, contrast, controversy, conversion, counter-culture, defection, degeneration, degenerative change, departure, deterioration, deviation, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disapprobation, disapproval, disconformity, discongruity, discontinuity, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy, discreteness, disguise, disharmony, disparity, dissatisfaction, dissemblance, dissension, dissent, dissentience, dissidence, dissimilarity, dissimilation, dissimilitude, dissonance, distinction, distinctiveness, distinctness, disunion, disunity, divergence, divergency, diversification, diversion, dropping out, extent, faction, far cry, fitting, flip-flop, gradual change, her infinite variety, heterogeneity, heteromorphism, improvement, inaccordance, incommensurability, incomparability, incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, individuality, inequality, inharmoniousness, inharmony, irreconcilability, jarring, makeup, manifoldness, melioration, mere caricature, minority opinion, mitigation, mixture, modification, modulation, multifariousness, multiformity, multiplicity, negation, nonagreement, nonassent, nonconcurrence, nonconformity, nonconsent, nonuniformity, odds, omnifariousness, omniformity, opposition, oppugnancy, otherness, overthrow, polymorphism, poor imitation, qualification, radical change, range, re-creation, realignment, recusance, recusancy, redesign, reform, reformation, rejection, remaking, renewal, repudiation, repugnance, reshaping, restructuring, reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, secession, separateness, shapeshifter, shift, sudden change, switch, total change, transition, turn, turnabout, unconformity, underground, unharmoniousness, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unresemblance, unsameness, unsimilarity, upheaval, variance, variation, variegation, variety, variousness, violent change, withdrawal, worsening
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