from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fact or quality of being diverse; difference.
  • n. A point or respect in which things differ.
  • n. Variety or multiformity: "Charles Darwin saw in the diversity of species the principles of evolution that operated to generate the species: variation, competition and selection” ( Scientific American).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being diverse or different; difference or unlikeness.
  • n. A variety; divers types or examples.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A state of difference; dissimilitude; unlikeness.
  • n. Multiplicity of difference; multiformity; variety.
  • n. Variegation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fact of difference between two or more things or kinds; essential difference; variety; separateness: as, the diversity in unity of the true church; the diversity of objects in a landscape.
  • n. That in which two or more things differ; a difference; a distinction: as, diversities of opinion.
  • n. Variegation; diversification.
  • n. Synonyms Dissimilarity, etc. See difference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition or result of being changeable
  • n. noticeable heterogeneity


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