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From neuro- +‎ divergent. Coined by neurodiversity activist Kassiane Asasumasu in 2000.[1][2]


neurodivergent (comparative more neurodivergent, superlative most neurodivergent)

  1. Having an atypical neurological configuration.
    Synonyms: neuroatypical, (uncommon) aneurotypical, neurodiverse
    Antonym: neurotypical
    • 2022, Joe Wells, Wired Differently, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, →ISBN, page 169:
      Neurodivergent people exist all over the world and in every class, gender, race and sexuality. On other planets there are probably neurodivergent aliens too []

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Regarding hypernymy, see neuroatypical § Usage notes.

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  1. ^ Nick Walker (2014) “Neurodiversity: some basic terms & definitions”, in Neuroqueer[1]
  2. ^ Kassiane Asasumasu (2010 November 1) “Inaugural Post: Autistics Speak Day”, in Radical Neurodivergence Speaking[2]