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1.1Psychology (of thought) using a variety of premises, especially unfamiliar premises, as bases for inference, and avoiding common limiting assumptions in making deductions.
‘divergent thinking’
‘Hopefully it will be a place to find new voices, divergent thoughts, and something worth thinking about or laughing at once in a while.’
‘Stories like Neon Genesis Evangelion push the creative envelope, and I appreciate them for their weirdness and divergent thought.’
‘The three quotations I have given above illustrate that the concept and idea of superstition and divergent beliefs are still in use.’
‘I am no commie, but I do recognize the role played by a divergent thought.’
2Mathematics (of a series) increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.
‘He found a divergent series, the first few terms of which gave a good approximation to the integral.’
‘In 1873 he gave a continuous function with divergent Fourier series at any point solving a major problem.’
‘Continuing his mathematical work Ramanujan studied continued fractions and divergent series in 1908.’
‘Also important is his work on divergent series and discontinuous functions.’
‘The sequences were more divergent and the ratio was much higher than in lysin.’