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

Definition of respectively

1 : in the order given Mary and Anne were respectively 12 and 16 years old
2 : in particular : separately could not recognize the solutions as salty or sour, respectively

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The pay ratios at those corporations were 110-, 147- and 228-to-1, respectively. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "New corporate disclosure rule about CEO and worker pay adds fuel to rich-poor debate," 5 July 2019 The schools were in operation for 20 and 30 years, respectively. Leada Gore |,, "Alabama private school closing after 50 years," 3 July 2019 The other two exoplanets, known as L 98-59c and L 98-59d, are approximately 1.4 and 1.6 times the size of Earth, respectively. Fox News, "NASA's $200M space telescope finds alien planet almost the size of Earth, smallest discovered," 2 July 2019 The legs of the two figures are in ballet’s first and second foot positions, respectively. Sharon Mizota,, "Gabriella Sanchez spells out her resistance to Eurocentric art," 1 July 2019 The music is in the air on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 10 and 10:30 a.m., respectively, from July 2 to Aug. 2. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 Hong Kong and Macau were to become parts of China again in 1997 and 1999, respectively. A.k., The Economist, "What is China’s “one country, two systems” policy?," 30 June 2019 The report shows overall equivalent album units increased by 13% and total on-demand streams exceeded 507.7 billion -- 333.5 billion of which were audio streams and 174.2 billion were video plays, up 27.8% and 39.6% from 2018, respectively. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Five Takeaways From Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2019 Report," 27 June 2019 The Leschly twins, Kayla and Jayme, won at first and second singles, respectively, and the first doubles tandem of Livvy Lathrop and Lola Philipkosky took care of business, winning in straight sets. Bob Holmes,, "Acton-Boxborough hands Algonquin its first loss of season in D1 state final," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of respectively

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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