divergent

Something divergent is moving away from what is expected. Two divergent paths are moving in opposite directions — away from each other.

Things that are divergent are diverging — moving away from a path or a standard. A teacher who comes to work in a clown outfit is being divergent; a clown who comes to work in a business suit is also being divergent. A stream is divergent if it is moving in the opposite direction of a river. A politician who is divergent might leave his political party. Divergent people and things are changing course — moving off the beaten path.

DEFINITIONS OF: divergent

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adj tending to move apart in different directions

Synonyms:
diverging
branching
resembling the branches of a tree
radiating
diverging from a common point
oblique
slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
Antonyms:
convergent
tending to come together from different directions
confluent, merging
flowing together
focused, focussed
(of light rays) converging on a point
oblique
slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
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adj diverging from another or from a standard

“a divergent opinion”
Synonyms
different
unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
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