convergent

If you're a Red Sox fan and your cousin loves the Yankees but you both agree baseball is a wonderful game, that's a convergent idea — in other words an idea that brings you together.

Convergent applies to anything that is arrived at from different paths, not just an idea. Two trains, for example, arriving at the same station from different directions are said to be convergent; or two species of animals inhabiting the same environment that grow more and more alike in habit are also said to be convergent. The opposite of convergent is divergent — as in a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan arguing about which is the better team.

Definitions of convergent
  1. adjective
    tending to come together from different directions
    Synonyms:
    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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    Antonyms:
    divergent, diverging
    tending to move apart in different directions
    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
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