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respective

[ri-spek-tiv]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsre·spec·tive·ness, noun

Synonyms

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separate, individual, corresponding.

Antonyms

irrespective.
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Examples from the Web for respective

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Historical Examples

  • For many years he and Mr. Gladstone had been at the head of their respective parties.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The troops reached their respective camps at about 11 o'clock.

  • We were all dressed in white, with the respective colours of our various classes.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Moreover, his feelings were hurt by the disproportion of their respective ages.

  • Hoche, Humbert, and Pichegru, began their respective careers as private soldiers.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles


British Dictionary definitions for respective

respective

adjective
  1. belonging or relating separately to each of several people or things; severalwe took our respective ways home
  2. an archaic word for respectful
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Derived Formsrespectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for respective

adj.

mid-15c., "regardful, observing or noting with attention," from Medieval Latin respectivus "having regard for," from Latin respect- past participle stem of respicere (see respect (n.)). Meaning "relating or pertaining severally each to each" is from 1640s.

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