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 During the quarantine, small groups of players divided up by their respective positions worked out without coaches in an effort to stay sharp. Chris Hays,, "Evans players eager to finally play after COVID-19 shutdown," 4 Oct. 2020 Offensive lineman Liam Brace and linebacker Logan Monroe are three-year starters at their respective positions. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Ranking the top 10 TAPPS football teams heading into the 2020 season," 16 Sep. 2020 Ragland missed the Tennessee contest with a minor injury – and have planted flags at their respective tackle positions. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB fall camp position breakdown: Offensive line," 21 Aug. 2020 The executives defended their respective companies from bipartisan accusations of abuses of power, with many Republicans concerned about political censorship and Democrats addressing anti-competitive practices. Cindy Burton, Detroit Free Press, "Tech giants beat earnings expectations as markets end July on a high note," 1 Aug. 2020 None had answers for their respective companies’ abuses. Max Moran, The New Republic, "The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden’s Hands," 31 July 2020 Congressional lawmakers peppered the chief executives of Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc., Inc. and Apple Inc. with questions about their respective companies’ footprints and allegations of anticompetitive behavior. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Everything You Need to Know About the Big Tech Antitrust Hearing," 30 July 2020 Both men, through spokespeople for their respective companies, declined to comment this week. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s billionaires make billions more during pandemic and recession," 24 July 2020 Remarkably, Bankston and Shoulders finished second on their respective teams in rushing. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy football seeks history in 100th UIL season," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Respective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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