divisive

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adjective di·vi·sive \ də-ˈvī-siv also -ˈvi- or -ziv \

Definition of divisive

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

divisively

adverb

divisiveness

noun

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First Known Use of divisive

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DIVISIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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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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