divisive

[ dih-vahy-siv, -vis-iv ]
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adjective
  1. forming or expressing division or distribution.

  2. creating dissension or discord.

Origin of divisive

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; from Late Latin dīvīsīvus, equivalent to Latin dīvīs(us) (see divisible) + -īvus adjective suffix (see -ive)

Other words from divisive

  • di·vi·sive·ly, adverb
  • di·vi·sive·ness, noun
  • non·di·vi·sive, adjective
  • non·di·vi·sive·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·di·vi·sive, adjective
  • sem·i·di·vi·sive·ly, adverb
  • un·di·vi·sive, adjective
  • un·di·vi·sive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for divisive

divisive

/ (dɪˈvaɪsɪv) /


adjective
  1. causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension

  2. archaic having the quality of distinguishing

Derived forms of divisive

  • divisively, adverb
  • divisiveness, noun

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