Do "different" and "differing" mean the same thing? Here are some sentences they were used in:

  1. "Bill and Mike have different views."
  2. "Bill and Mike have differing views."

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I would say different views simply means that their views are not the same while differing views suggests the idea that their views are opposing, disagreeing or maybe even conflicting.

In other words, the first example tells you that their views are not similar with regard to a particular issue whereas the second example gives the notion that the situation is much more problematic because of the two guys' views that are in conflict with each other over a particular matter. I think that's the simplest way to describe the difference between these two words that you can possibly come up with.

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