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  1. in precisely the order given; sequentially.
  2. (of two or more things, with reference to two or more things previously mentioned) referring or applying to in a parallel or sequential way: Joe and Bob escorted Betty and Alice, respectively.
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Origin of respectively

First recorded in 1550–60; respective + -ly
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  1. (in listing a number of items or attributes that refer to another list) separately in the order givenhe gave Janet and John a cake and a chocolate respectively
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Word Origin and History for respectively


mid-15c., "relatively;" 1620s, "relatively to each singly," from respective + -ly (2).

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