divisive

[ dih-vahy-siv, -vis-iv ]
/ dɪˈvaɪ sɪv, -ˈvɪs ɪv /

adjective

forming or expressing division or distribution.
creating dissension or discord.

Origin of divisive

1590–1600; < Late Latin dīvīsīvus, equivalent to Latin dīvīs(us) (see divisible) + -īvus -ive
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divisive

/ (dɪˈvaɪsɪv) /

adjective

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

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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