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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cultural diversity (=including people from many different cultures)
▪ the racial and cultural diversity of British society
ethnic diversity (=the fact of including people from many different ethnic groups)
▪ Chicago prides itself on its ethnic diversity.
▪ The Amazonian rainforests make up one third of all rainforests and are vitally important in terms of biological diversity.
▪ The Spice of Life Human biological diversity is hardly a new concept.
▪ They are regions of huge biological diversity, a treasure chest of invaluable worth, representing 60 million years of evolution.
▪ The impact, Loucks believes, may permanently reduce the biological diversity of this extraordinary ecosystem.
▪ What all these tropical forests have in common, however, is their astonishing biological diversity.
▪ We can not save the world's biological diversity unless we nurture the human diversity that protects and develops it.
▪ Scientists interested in biological diversity, and the evolutionary reasons for it, already see it in that light.
▪ There is a wide range of research activity in the department using considerable diversity of perspectives and methods.
▪ But further empirical research has revealed considerable diversity in the roles of particular political structures.
▪ However, there was considerable diversity in the scope of individual contributions to the self-evaluation.
▪ In the event, a considerable diversity of roles emerged.
▪ The overall social and political project is the creation of a harmonious, democratic cultural pluralism, a healthy cultural diversity.
▪ It is rich in intellectual curiosity and academic and cultural diversity.
▪ Such cultural diversity we should expect to find expressed in the structures and institutional life of the churches.
▪ That lack of cultural diversity is a problem.
▪ But behind this bleak image is a country of colour and immense cultural diversity.
▪ The El Pueblo gift store is an extension of these organizations' commitment to fostering understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.
▪ A life that includes rural beauty as well as the world's most exciting city. Cultural diversity.
▪ Nothing much happens in their little town, apparently, and these guys provide some welcome cultural diversity.
▪ This led to an enormous diversity of plants, none of them doing particularly well and none taken out by trees.
▪ And yet the reef has managed to grow, and has achieved enormous diversity.
▪ There is, in fact, an enormous diversity of family forms in modern Britain.
▪ Closer investigation shows the extraordinary extent of Miller's theoretical knowledge of and practical expertise with an enormous diversity of matters.
▪ This is not just a liberal euphemism for the city's ethnic diversity.
▪ The school prides itself on its ethnic diversity, Schaeffer said.
▪ This was not just a matter of ethnic diversity.
▪ We would argue that a close review of leading gangsters and organised-crime figures would reveal quite a degree of ethnic diversity.
▪ In the long term, the loss of genetic diversity will reduce the gene pool available for agricultural crops.
▪ Such behavioral diversity serves the same function as genetic diversity, and indeed compensates for restrictions on genetic diversity.
▪ The world's main food and livestock species have centres of genetic diversity in the South.
▪ Such behavioral diversity serves the same function as genetic diversity, and indeed compensates for restrictions on genetic diversity.
▪ For more than 10 years voluntary organizations around the world have been working to collect and conserve genetic diversity in community seed banks.
▪ Another possible place of chaos in genetic diversity generation is in the origin of life.
▪ The existing pool offered too little genetic diversity to support energetic research, they said.
▪ She argued that there is a great diversity of human size, and not everyone was meant to be thin.
▪ The settlement and infrastructure field is also characterized by a wide range of users with a great diversity of interests.
▪ Indeed, gaining more diversity of content is the very reason for seeking greater diversity of media ownership.
▪ How do they behave towards one another in the great diversity of situations which may arise within this patterned context?
▪ There is great diversity and variety among PACs as they represent different values and beliefs.
▪ In between there has been a great diversity of titles and two journals.
▪ From such rigid, uncompromising and unpromising beginnings, Glass has created a sound language of great eloquence and diversity.
▪ Assemblies, dress requirements, school meals provision and links with parents may be insensitive to different cultural backgrounds and linguistic diversity.
▪ I have the greatest respect for linguistic diversity.
▪ Paradoxically, Diamond feels this loss of linguistic diversity may be our best hope.
▪ Although linguistic diversity was considered a positive asset, bilingualism in maintained schools was not supported.
▪ Literacy and education tend therefore to reduce linguistic diversity and to enhance major languages at the expense of minor ones.
▪ Elsewhere there is greater flexibility, less certainty and a more liberal approach to economic and political diversity.
▪ These proposals would not necessarily increase the political diversity of the press.
▪ This pioneering plea for religious freedom called diversity not a curse but a glory.
▪ A first step toward secularization was the separation from the Church of Rome and the beginnings of toleration of religious diversity.
▪ But despite the rich diversity of issues raised, there are some disappointments.
▪ The impact on the rich cultural diversity of communities all around the world is immense.
▪ That experience was to prove singularly rich in its diversity and in its legacy of Sussex church architecture.
▪ We are witnessing the birth of a civilization which nurtures ideas and creativity precisely because it is so rich in diversity.
▪ This demands a rich diversity of repertoire and great versatility on the part of our musicians.
▪ The surrounding countryside is very beautiful, with lime-stone hills, caves, moors and a rich diversity of wildlife.
▪ Part of the problem is that the weeds in fields sustain wildlife, and maintain the rich diversity of nature.
▪ The books of the Bible are marked by a rich diversity of genre, content, and manner.
▪ The authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and owe allegiance to a wide diversity of schools of thought.
▪ On the one hand this provides an excellent opportunity for the group to tap into a wide diversity of views.
▪ In this way the work retains its unity but can have a wide diversity of atmosphere.
▪ Many see life in the modern context as being characterized by wide diversity.
▪ There was a wide diversity of theories about the nature of light from the time of the ancients up to Newton.
▪ We can encourage diversity, not division; achievement, not antagonism.
▪ Much of what is often praised in broadcasting is there because of a regulatory structure which encourages diversity in programming.
▪ Realistic gardeners encourage this diversity while remaining alert to early symptoms of disturbance.
▪ Congress created the Fed in 1913 with a desire to ensure geographic diversity and independence from politics.
▪ He was also inspired by Humboldt's vision of an all-embracing theory that would explain the geographical diversity of life on earth.
▪ How does one explain or interpret this diversity in universality?
▪ Yet this relationship was deeply problematic, which helps to explain the diversity of opinion and the contradictions within the phenomenon.
▪ Still another reading held that the story was intended merely as a way of explaining the diversity of peoples and languages.
▪ These proposals would not necessarily increase the political diversity of the press.
▪ Make redundant food webs. Increase diversity gradually.
▪ We have further increased diversity by: Giving schools control over their own budgets and encouraging new types of school.
▪ The regents are also calling for greater outreach to increase the diversity of the pool of applicants applying to the system.
▪ Others have used school-to-work programs to increase diversity in the workplace.
▪ Part of the trick of managing such diversity, as many businesses have learnt, is global specialisation.
▪ Empathy was crucial for managing diversity among subordinates.
▪ If managing diversity comes to be viewed as a business issue rather than an ethical one, minorities might actually fare better.
▪ The first step in managing that diversity was being able to discern key differences.
▪ Exactly how to manage that diversity, the challenges of implementation, was a dilemma.
▪ Something must have produced that diversity.&038;.
▪ It is the sophisticated foraging behaviour of the bees that has promoted the diversity of flower colours.
▪ The difficulty in developing a single acceptable definition reflects the complexity and diversity of the subject.
▪ During the 1920s and 1930s Nina Boyle's interests reflected the diversity of feminist concerns of that time.
▪ In drawing up their lists they take great care to achieve a balance that reflects the diversity of the electorate's concerns.
▪ And this must inpart have reflected a greater diversity among its patrons.
▪ The range of customers using the services of the division reflects the diversity of activity.
▪ Nevertheless, it is recognised that industrial relations will continue to reflect elements of diversity as well as uniformity.
▪ Some volcanoes produce only one kind of rock during their entire lives, but others show an impressive diversity.
▪ A section on the skyscraper with amazing scale models shows the growth and diversity in this monumental building style.
▪ A pleasing publication which shows the diversity of military and civil aircraft and airlines that have used this airport.
▪ Secondly, it shows the diversity of approach taken by the courts.
▪ Starting from the artists' personal standpoints, the exhibition shows the diversity of artistic perception of reality today.
▪ The following list will show the diversity of the nicknames.
▪ To show diversity, the team will also look in more detail at a number of small geographic areas.
▪ But despite the rich diversity of issues raised, there are some disappointments.
▪ In this way the work retains its unity but can have a wide diversity of atmosphere.
▪ Oceangoers compare the diversity of techniques used in fishing plastic to that of fly fishing.
▪ Such behavioral diversity serves the same function as genetic diversity, and indeed compensates for restrictions on genetic diversity.
▪ These proposals would not necessarily increase the political diversity of the press.
▪ This type of analysis forces a recognition of a greater diversity of structures by which history may be written and understood.
▪ While trainers try to distinguish between the two, skeptics often view diversity as just warmed-over affirmative action.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Diversity \Di*ver"si*ty\, n.; pl. Diversities. [F. diversit['e], L. diversitas, fr. diversus. See Diverse.]

  1. A state of difference; dissimilitude; unlikeness.

    They will prove opposite; and not resting in a bare diversity, rise into a contrariety.

  2. Multiplicity of difference; multiformity; variety. ``Diversity of sounds.''
    --Shak. ``Diversities of opinion.''

  3. Variegation. ``Bright diversities of day.''

    Syn: See Variety.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "quality of being diverse," mostly in a neutral sense, from Old French diversité (12c.) "difference, diversity, unique feature, oddness:" also "wickedness, perversity," from Latin diversitatem (nominative diversitas) "contrariety, contradiction, disagreement;" also, as a secondary sense, "difference, diversity," from diversus "turned different ways" (in Late Latin "various"), past participle of divertere (see divert).\n

\nNegative meaning, "being contrary to what is agreeable or right; perversity, evil" existed in English from late 15c. but was obsolete from 17c. Diversity as a virtue in a nation is an idea from the rise of modern democracies in the 1790s, where it kept one faction from arrogating all power (but this was not quite the modern sense, as ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, etc. were not the qualities in mind):\n\nThe dissimilarity in the ingredients which will compose the national government, and still more in the manner in which they will be brought into action in its various branches, must form a powerful obstacle to a concert of views in any partial scheme of elections. There is sufficient diversity in the state of property, in the genius, manners, and habits of the people of the different parts of the Union, to occasion a material diversity of disposition in their representatives towards the different ranks and conditions in society.

["Federalist" #60, Feb. 26, 1788 (Hamilton)]

\nSpecific focus (in a positive sense) on race, gender, etc. is from 1992.

n. 1 The quality of being diverse or different; difference or unlikeness. 2 A variety; diverse types or examples.

  1. n. 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


Diversity or Diversify or Diverse may refer to:

Diversity (politics)

In sociology and political studies, the term diversity (or diverse) is used to describe political entities (neighborhoods, student bodies, etc.) with members who have identifiable differences in their cultural backgrounds or lifestyles.

The term describes differences in racial or ethnic classifications, age, gender, religion, philosophy, physical abilities, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, intelligence, mental health, physical health, genetic attributes, behavior, attractiveness, or other identifying features.

In measuring human diversity, a diversity index measures the probability that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different ethnicities. If all residents are of the same ethnic group it's zero. The diversity index does not take into account the willingness of individuals to cooperate with those of other ethnicities. If half are from one group and half from another it's .50.

Diversity (business)

The "business case for diversity" stem from the progression of the models of diversity within the workplace since the 1960s. The original model for diversity was situated around affirmative action drawing strength from the law and a need to comply with equal opportunity employment objectives. This compliance-based model gave rise to the idea that tokenism was the reason an individual was hired into a company when they differed from the dominant group.

The social justice model evolved next and extended the idea that individuals outside of the dominant group should be given opportunities within the workplace, not only because it was the law, but because it was the right thing to do. This model still revolved around the idea of tokenism, but it also brought in the notion of hiring based on a "good fit".

In the deficit model, it is believed that organizations that do not have a strong diversity inclusion culture will invite lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and higher turnover which will result in higher costs to the company.

Diversity (album)

Diversity is the fifth LP released by the reggae artist Gentleman.

Diversity (dance troupe)

Diversity are a British street dance troupe formed in 2007 and based in London. They are best known for winning the 3rd series of Britain's Got Talent in 2009, beating 'runner-up' singer Susan Boyle in the live final.

Diversity consists of friends from London (Leytonstone and Dagenham) and Essex ( Basildon), including two sets of brothers and four other members. At the time they appeared on Britain's Got Talent, some were still at school or university, while others had jobs of their own. The group, ranging in age from - , consists of leader and choreographer Ashley Banjo and the following other members: Jordan Banjo, Sam Craske, Mitchell Craske, Perri Kiely, Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo, Terry Smith. Founding members Ashton Russell, Ian McNaughton, Jamie McNaughton and Matthew McNaughton have left Diversity. They are currently managed by Danielle Banjo, Ashley and Jordan's mother, and based at Dancework studio.

Usage examples of "diversity".

Hotel, and has been attended by the most happy results, yet the cases have presented so great a diversity of abnormal features, and have required so many variations in the course of treatment, to be met successfully, that we frankly acknowledge our inability to so instruct the unprofessional reader as to enable him to detect the various systemic faults common to this ever-varying disease, and adjust remedies to them, so as to make the treatment uniformly successful.

Are we to think that a being knowing itself must contain diversity, that self-knowledge can be affirmed only when some one phase of the self perceives other phases, and that therefore an absolutely simplex entity would be equally incapable of introversion and of self-awareness?

Thus the states may regulate matters which, because of their number and diversity, may never be adequately dealt with by Congress.

Still, admitting the diversity of the Reason-principles, why need there by as many as there are men born in each Period, once it is granted that different beings may take external manifestation under the presence of the same principles?

Mather not only acknowledged that there were bewitched people but also reminded readers of the seemingly unending diversity of the invisible world, occurrences God permitted to afflict his people.

What makes fetishism so interesting is the intriguing diversity and perverse enthusiasm displayed by the fetishistic.

Great diversity in the size of two plants, one being woody and the other herbaceous, one being evergreen and the other deciduous, and adaptation to widely different climates, does not always prevent the two grafting together.

Even the diversity of shapes during this time could be justified by the appearance in the genetic code of Hox genes.

But the number and diversity of inheritable deviations of structure, both those of slight and those of considerable physiological importance, is endless.

Emerging under different suns, whether in the pleasant uplands of Kenya or Uganda, the steep gorges of Inyanga, or the rolling plains of Rhodesia, and growing over many centuries of pioneering migration and settlement, mingling with more primitive peoples, solving a whole wide range of contrasting problems, these early civilizations asserted once again a dominant African theme of unity in diversity, continuity in isolation.

Advocates of scientism commonly overlook the subjective, human role of choosing which natural phenomena to investigate, the means of investigating them, and the diversity of human interpretations of research data.

Husserl and the phenomenologists, by their very extravagances, reinstate the world in its diversity and deny the transcendent power of the reason.

Intellectual Nature to the level of the Sense-Kind: their true course is to seek to reduce number to the least possible in the Supreme, simply referring all things to the Second Hypostasis--which is all that exists as it is Primal Intellect and Reality and is the only thing that is good except only for the first Nature--and to recognize Soul as the third Principle, accounting for the difference among souls merely by diversity of experience and character.

As the diversity is reduced and the oscillators become more similar, the order parameter rises as the synchronized pack conscripts more of the population.

Below all that, on the deepest level of all, is the zygote bank, ten thousand fertilized ova tucked away snugly in permafreeze spansules, and enough additional sperm and unfertilized ova to maintain significant genetic diversity as the succeeding generations of the colony unfold.