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a.1.Tending to divert; diverting; amusing; interesting.
Things of a pleasant and divertive nature.
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Agriculture drives three main divertive humanity which are agriculture-based, transforming and urbanized in which sustainable growth is aimed.
The slight discrepancy is that the afena commanded to use a divertive force in the central portion of the half-moon formation instead of "avoiding the principal enemy defenses.
8) See, for example, [Playford], Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707-09), III, 237-39 (with music); [Thomas] D'Urfey, Songs Compleat, Pleasant and Divertive, set to Musick by Dr.
Divertive Language is used to entertain in the form of jokes, puns, riddles, and language play.
The OED, before listing its definitions, notes that "all the uses of 'play' are seen to arise naturally from a primary notion 'to exercise, bestir, or busily occupy oneself,' the line of development having been here determined by the recreative or divertive purpose of the exercise" and there is arguably a sense that the words being described by the poet are in fact a form of occupation, as they distract the speakers from the real reason for their meeting.