re·​spec·​tive·​ly ri-ˈspek-tiv-lē How to pronounce respectively (audio)
: in the order given
Mary and Anne were respectively 12 and 16 years old
: in particular : separately
could not recognize the solutions as salty or sour, respectively

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s up from No. 12 with 856 points and No. 13 with 828 points, respectively, last week. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 But in 2022, O'Rourke was only able to win 57%, 55%, 73%, 52%, 54% and 63% respectively. Michael Lee, Fox News, 13 Nov. 2022 Shanghai, Shenzhen, and the STAR Board gained +1.69%, +1.31%, and +0.02%, respectively, on volume that increased +46.6% from yesterday, which is 126% of the 1-year average. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 The Swiss franc, the euro and the British pound were up 0.5%, 0.4% and 0.8% respectively against the U.S. dollar. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2022 In 2019 and 2020, Martindale sent five or more rushers after the quarterback on an NFL-high 54.9% and 44.1% of the Ravens’ plays, respectively, according to Pro Football Reference. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 The news is even worse in cities in key swing states -- including Phoenix, Atlanta and Miami, with inflation jumps year over year of 13%, 11.7%, and 10.7%, respectively, according to Axios analysis of BLS data. Charlie Dent, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 Roughly the same share of both Democrats and Republicans —57% and 58% respectively — think misinformation about the virus and vaccines has fed problems in the national response to the pandemic, according to an October survey by Pew Research. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 10 Nov. 2022 The Swiss franc and the British pound gained 0.1% and 0.2% respectively against the U.S. dollar and the euro was flat against the dollar, with 1 euro buying $1.01. WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of respectively was in 1602

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“Respectively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: each in the order given
John and Mary were 12 and 13 years old respectively
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