re·​spec·​tive | \ ri-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce respective (audio) \

Definition of respective

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

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Other Words from respective

respectiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for respective


different, individual, separate



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Examples of respective in a Sentence

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

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The match didn't have any effect on either teams standing in their respective leagues, and Cincinnati's MLS level roster gave them a noticeable advantage. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "For LouCity fans, the 'deep-seated' rivalry was alive but different in Cincinnati," 13 June 2019 The New Orleans Saints signed five of the players who participated on a tryout basis during rookie minicamp two weeks ago, and two of them will actually add experience to their respective position groups. Josh Katzenstein,, "Saints have vision for recent veteran additions Jay Bromley, Michael Ola," 22 May 2018 Not surprisingly, Prince Harry's niece and nephew—Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince George, four—will take starring roles in their respective groups. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Bridesmaids and Page Boys Were Just Announced," 16 May 2018 But the way that both camps have sought to exploit these differences suggests that Breed and the board are fighting more over politics than the merits of their respective measures. Dominic Fracassa,, "Can mayor and SF supervisors make nice to build more affordable housing?," 21 June 2019 Ross and Birch, meanwhile, also are expected to draw interest from other teams, although reports of their respective markets have been quiet so far. Roy Parry,, "Magic shift focus to free agents Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross after completing NBA draft," 21 June 2019 Both had to fly the longest possible distance between the the current road stops of their respective teams -- Scranton, Pa., and Hartford, Conn., — and any major league city. Peter Schmuck,, "With "Norfolk Shuttle" operating at capacity, Orioles recall Branden Kline and Tanner Scott," 21 June 2019 First off, there seem to be relatively high inconsistencies among teams’ respective prospect rankings. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes in 'more discussions' at NHL draft than previous years," 20 June 2019 Neither Cuellar nor Cornyn has secured a single co-sponsor in their respective chambers. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar can't get congressional colleagues to back their bipartisan immigration plan," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of respective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of respective was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of respective

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


re·​spec·​tive | \ ri-ˈspek-tiv How to pronounce respective (audio) \

Kids Definition of respective

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

Other Words from respective

respectively adverb

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