di·​vi·​sive | \ də-ˈvī-siv How to pronounce divisive (audio) also -ˈvi- How to pronounce divisive (audio) or -ziv\

Definition of divisive

: creating disunity or dissension a divisive issue divisive rhetoric

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Other Words from divisive

divisively adverb
divisiveness noun

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Any such change could prove divisive among the remaining 27 members of the bloc, and EU officials right are emphatic that no changes have been discussed and any agreed to would be limited in scope. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "May’s Brexit Deal Faces Likely Defeat as Deadline Nears," 14 Jan. 2019 Nichols is unapologetic about the UDC’s monuments being called divisive. Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 El-Sissi led the military's 2013 ouster of Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist president whose one-year rule proved divisive. Fox News, "Egypt editor suggests more presidential terms for el-Sissi," 13 May 2018 Like almost everything related to motherhood, Tully — starring Charlize Theron, written by Diablo Cody — is proving divisive. Jen Gann, The Cut, "The Most ‘Real’ Scene in Tully Isn’t About Horrific Motherhood," 8 May 2018 Or, dare to experiment with the slightly divisive flatform sandal. Vogue, "Vacation Doth Approach—And We Have Just the Sandals For You," 21 Apr. 2019 Every holiday has a divisive candy — a signature seasonal treat that some people adore and others want to kill with fire. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Stylists Created Peeps-Inspired Pastel Hair Color for Easter," 20 Apr. 2019 There are fewer things in the fashion world more divisive than a thong. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The World's Most Comfortable Thongs, According to Glamour Editors," 4 Apr. 2019 Immigration is a divisive issue in Britain, and reducing the number of newcomers was a major factor for many who voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK says EU immigrants won’t get priority after Brexit," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of divisive

1642, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of divisive

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

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