respective

adjective re·spec·tive \ ri-ˈspek-tiv \

Definition of respective

1 obsolete :partial, discriminative
2 :particular, separate
  • their respective homes

respectiveness

noun

Examples of respective in a Sentence

  1. it was late when the concert let out, so we all went our respective ways

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First Known Use of respective

1597

respective Synonyms


RESPECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

respective

adjective

Definition of respective for English Language Learners

  • : belonging or relating to each one of the people or things that have been mentioned


RESPECTIVE Defined for Kids

respective

adjective re·spec·tive \ ri-ˈspek-tiv \

Definition of respective for Students

:not the same or shared :separate
  • They hurried to their respective homes.

respectively

adverb


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