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divisive

[dih-vahy-siv, -vis-iv]
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adjective
  1. forming or expressing division or distribution.
  2. creating dissension or discord.
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Origin of divisive

1590–1600; < Late Latin dīvīsīvus, equivalent to Latin dīvīs(us) (see divisible) + -īvus -ive
Related formsdi·vi·sive·ly, adverbdi·vi·sive·ness, nounnon·di·vi·sive, adjectivenon·di·vi·sive·ly, adverbnon·di·vi·sive·ness, nounsem·i·di·vi·sive, adjectivesem·i·di·vi·sive·ly, adverbsem·i·di·vi·sive·ness, nounun·di·vi·sive, adjectiveun·di·vi·sive·ly, adverbun·di·vi·sive·ness, noun
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divisive

adjective
  1. causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension
  2. archaic having the quality of distinguishing
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Derived Formsdivisively, adverbdivisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for divisive

adj.

c.1600, "having a quality of dividing," from Latin divis-, past participle stem of dividere (see divide (v.)) + -ive. Meaning "producing discord" is from 1640s. Related: Divisively; divisiveness.

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