View synonyms for divisiveness


[ dih-vahy-siv-nis ]


  1. a tendency to provoke dissension or discord:

    He called for an end to the divisiveness among council members, imploring them to unite and work together for the betterment of the city.

    Immigration bills are particularly difficult to pass because of the divisiveness of the issue.

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  • non·di·vi·sive·ness noun
  • sem·i·di·vi·sive·ness noun
  • un·di·vi·sive·ness noun

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Example Sentences

Consumer masks could soon come with labels saying how well they workProper education about how to wear masks and how efficient they can be has been hampered by the divisiveness over policies that require them.

Despite its divisiveness, “American Dirt” became a bestseller while sparking conversations about who gets to tell which stories.

Considering the current level of divisiveness, especially about the pandemic, if Parton doesn’t assume that task, whoever does is going to need Dolly Parton-level mass appeal.

From Fortune

Political conversations leading up to the election have been rich in disinformation and divisiveness, with online campaigns often pitting Jewish Americans against other groups of voters—especially other racial and ethnic minorities.

Instead, this triggered a degree of divisiveness the likes of which I’ve never seen.

He hopes it will stand as a counterpoint to the divisiveness of extremism.

New rhetoric and a softer tone, without the divisiveness of new policies.

Any president must be a consensus-builder and this one has an understandable fear of divisiveness.

This is not quite breaking news, of course, but it does inject a note of dramatic divisiveness into an otherwise tepid candidacy.

Over time, such political divisiveness tends to wax and wane.

But just because divisiveness is natural, it does not follow that nothing can be done to keep men together.