divisive

adjective di·vi·sive \ də-ˈvī-siv also -ˈvi- or -ziv \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of divisive

: creating disunity or dissension
  • a divisive issue
  • divisive rhetoric

divisively

adverb

divisiveness

noun

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DIVISIVE Defined for English Language Learners

divisive

adjective

Definition of divisive for English Language Learners

  • : causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups



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