- forming or expressing division or distribution.
- creating dissension or discord.
Origin of divisive
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Examples from the Web for divisiveness
He hopes it will stand as a counterpoint to the divisiveness of extremism.Inside North America’s First Islamic Art Museum
September 16, 2014
New rhetoric and a softer tone, without the divisiveness of new policies.Bobby Jindal Gives Up, Joins the 'Stupid Party'
February 25, 2014
Any president must be a consensus-builder and this one has an understandable fear of divisiveness.Hagel And The Neo-McCarthyites
December 26, 2012
I was just surprised at the level of divisiveness and immaturity... and I think it's the same thing with health care.Freshman Terror
August 3, 2009
But just because divisiveness is natural, it does not follow that nothing can be done to keep men together.Nine O'Clock Talks
Frederic B. Kellogg
- causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension
- archaic having the quality of distinguishing
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Word Origin and History for divisiveness
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