- An interruption from a friend in the middle of doing tedious work is an example of a diversion.
- When money is taken from education funds and instead put into funds for seniors, this is an example of a diversion of resources.
- When a road is closed and traffic is rerouted, this is an example of a diversion.
The definition of a diversion is an activity, often pleasant, that takes you away from your normal activity, or a detour or alternative course.
- a diverting or turning aside: diversion of funds from the treasury
- distraction of attention: diversion of the enemy
- anything that diverts or distracts the attention; specif., a pastime or amusement
Origin of diversionMiddle English diversioun ; from Medieval Latin diversio (for Late Latin deversio)
- The act or an instance of diverting or turning aside; deviation.
- Something that distracts the mind and relaxes or entertains.
- A maneuver that draws the attention of an opponent away from a planned point of action, especially as part of military strategy.
- A policy or practice permitting a juvenile to be removed from traditional processing in juvenile court and placed in a program involving an alternative disposition, such as treatment or rehabilitation services.
Origin of diversionLate Latin dīversiō, dīversiōn-, act of turning aside, from Latin dīversus, past participle of dīvertere, to divert; see divert.
- (military) A tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action.
- A hobby; an activity that distracts the mind.
- The act of diverting.
- Removal of water via a canal.
- (transport) A detour, such as during road construction
- (transport) The rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination, or to a different mode of transportation before arrival at the ultimate destination .
- (law) Officially halting or suspending a formal criminal or juvenile justice proceeding and referral of the accused person to a treatment or care program.
OriginSee also: diversión