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respective

[ ri-spek-tiv ]
/ rɪˈspɛk tɪv /
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adjective
pertaining individually or severally to each of a number of persons, things, etc.; particular: I will now discuss the respective merits of the candidates.
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Origin of respective

1515–25; <Medieval Latin respectīvus, equivalent to Latin respect(us) (see respect) + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM respective

re·spec·tive·ness, noun
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How to use respective in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for respective

respective
/ (rɪˈspɛktɪv) /

adjective
belonging or relating separately to each of several people or things; severalwe took our respective ways home
an archaic word for respectful

Derived forms of respective

respectiveness, noun
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