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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.
‘Hopefully it will be a place to find new voices, divergent thoughts, and something worth thinking about or laughing at once in a while.’
‘I am no commie, but I do recognize the role played by a divergent thought.’
‘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.’
2Mathematics (of a series) increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.
‘Continuing his mathematical work Ramanujan studied continued fractions and divergent series in 1908.’
‘In 1873 he gave a continuous function with divergent Fourier series at any point solving a major problem.’
‘He found a divergent series, the first few terms of which gave a good approximation to the integral.’
‘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.’