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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He and Hudson will be joining Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts in their respective original roles from the first two Ghostbusters movies. Rachel Yang,, "Ernie Hudson will return as Winston Zeddemore in Jason Reitman's upcoming Ghostbusters film," 17 Sep. 2019 The Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams will host a series of events this fall in advance of their respective seasons. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Maryland basketball’s ‘Midnight Mile’ to return as part of Terps’ preseason events," 17 Sep. 2019 Both stand to be far more disruptive in their respective industries than the new iPhones Apple introduced during the same event, which are fine upgrades but iterative rather than revolutionary. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "What Apple Risks By Doing Momentous Events Without Momentous News," 16 Sep. 2019 In Week 2 of the NFL season, both the Texans and Cowboys won and both teams are atop their respective division, so there shouldn't be too much trash talk between the two fan bases this week. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Memes celebrate Week 2 wins by the Texans, Cowboys," 16 Sep. 2019 Neither South Florida nor Central Michigan will challenge for a championship in its respective conference. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's defense, which wilted last season at Michigan, could flourish in the rematch Saturday," 15 Sep. 2019 The Palicia brothers took first place on each of their respective teams. Vincent T. Davis,, "Airmen, soldiers and sailors competed in San Antonio against each other in the 2nd annual Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle.," 14 Sep. 2019 The Carlson Gracie Broward County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school sent four competitors to the Florida State Jiu Jitsu Championship at the Coral Springs Gymnasium and all of them placed in their respective age and bracket divisions. Emmett Hall,, "Carlson Gracie Broward County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students enjoy success at Florida State Championships," 12 Sep. 2019 Israeli peace was for the United States and the Soviet Union to work together in the region — each pressuring its respective clients to make concessions at the negotiating table. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 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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