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From Middle English diversite, from Old French diversité, from Latin dīversitās.


  • IPA(key): /daɪˈvɜː(ɹ)sɪti/, /dɪˈvɜː(ɹ)sɪti/
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diversity (countable and uncountable, plural diversities)

  1. The quality of being diverse or different; difference or unlikeness.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonuniformity
  2. A variety; diverse types or examples.
    Synonym: selection
  3. (chiefly business) Equal-opportunity inclusion.
    • 2003, Adalberto Aguirre, Racial and Ethnic Diversity in America: A Reference Handbook (page 72)
      Bakke has shaped a precarious context for diversity initiatives in higher education. On the one hand, the U.S. Supreme Court has reasoned that race may serve a purpose in the admissions process; however, race may not be used as a corrective measure, such as by establishing quotas.
    • 2021 November 11, Jay Caspian Kang, “Can We Talk About Critical Race Theory?”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Diversity is now a big industry — about $8 billion per year gets spent on diversity trainings in America — and parents might be feeling blindsided by the rapid changes, many of which came after last year’s George Floyd protests.

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