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adjective re·spec·tive \ri-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of respective

  1. 1 obsolete :  partial, discriminative

  2. 2 :  particular, separate <their respective homes>

respectiveness

noun

Examples of respective in a sentence

  1. <it was late when the concert let out, so we all went our respective ways>

Circa 1595

First Known Use of respective

circa 1595


RESPECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

respective

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adjective re·spec·tive \ri-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of respective for English Language Learners

  • : belonging or relating to each one of the people or things that have been mentioned


RESPECTIVE Defined for Kids

respective

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adjective re·spec·tive \ri-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of respective for Students

  1. :  not the same or shared :  separate <They hurried to their respective homes.>

respectively

adverb


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