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

Definition of respective

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

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
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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Respective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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