- the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those having physical or mental disabilities or belonging to other minority groups.“you will need a thorough understanding of inclusivity and the needs of special education pupils”
1920s (in the general sense ‘inclusiveness’): from inclusive + -ity, on the pattern of exclusivity.
- 1.the state of being diverse; variety.“there was considerable diversity in the style of the reports”
- a range of different things.plural noun: diversities“newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed”Similar:varietymiscellanyassortmentmixturemixmelangerangearraymedleymultiplicityvariationvariancediversenessdiversificationvariegationheterogeneitydifferenceunlikenessdissimilaritydissimilitudedistinctivenesscontrastOpposite:uniformity
- 2.the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.“equality and diversity should be supported for their own sake”
Middle English: from Old French diversite, from Latin diversitas, from diversus ‘diverse’, past participle of divertere ‘turn aside’ (see divert).