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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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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