[ ri-spek-tiv ]
/ rɪˈspɛk tɪv /


pertaining individually or severally to each of a number of persons, things, etc.; particular: I will now discuss the respective merits of the candidates.

Origin of respective

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

Related forms

re·spec·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for respective


/ (rɪˈspɛktɪv) /


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

Derived Forms

respectiveness, noun
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