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

Examples of respectively in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An earlier New York Times and Siena college poll released in March saw Trump leading Biden by 5 percentage points at 48% and 43% respectively. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 Advertisement Born and raised in Oceanside, Towfiq, 31, is also a part-time lecturer and instructor at San Diego State University and Stanford Continuing Studies, respectively, splitting her time between Vista and Santa Cruz. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 On the day Nicole and Ron were killed, the Kardashian kids were 15, 13, 9 and 7, respectively. Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The two aluminum knobs showcase the La Marzocco and Rimowa logos, respectively. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 In 2022, the agency said PFOA and PFOS should ideally be capped at 0.004 and 0.02 parts per trillion, respectively. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2024 Those two offenses carried maximum sentences of five and 10 years, respectively. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 12 Apr. 2024 While on average a third of Americans are focused on economic turmoil, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats at 48% and 22%, respectively. Bychloe Berger, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 One year after the passage of Proposition 47, the prison and jail populations declined by 6% and 8.7%, respectively, according to a 2018 PPIC report. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of respectively was in 1602

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“Respectively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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