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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web These experts are also well-versed in recommending the best beauty products in their respective fields. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 24 May 2021 Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, testifying publicly for the first time about Jan. 6, tried to defend their respective agencies’ responses to the chaos., 12 May 2021 Louis Vuitton and Automobile Club de Monaco are at once forerunners and project supervisors in their respective fields of expertise. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2021 Despite being pioneers in their respective fields, Locust, Thomas and Masters all said that shattering the glass ceiling had actually been their second act. ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 Across the federal government, certain employees are designated spokespeople for their respective agencies, and public statements are vetted to ensure accuracy. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Chairs of the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission both signaled a desire for change at their respective agencies this week. Fortune, 18 Mar. 2021 Japan, Australia and the United States are calling on their respective international development agencies to support infrastructure investment alternatives to Chinese firms. Thomas Duesterberg, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 The leaders of the two countries' respective space agencies signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their national governments. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Respective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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