- in precisely the order given; sequentially.
- (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.
Origin of respectively
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Examples from the Web for respectively
Of the three nominated, Webster did the best, receiving 12 votes, Gohmert and Yoho received three and two votes, respectively.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
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In 2008 and 2012, Huckabee and Santorum, respectively won the Iowa Caucus, but did not make it to the finish line.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
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Buffalo ranked tenth in the nation, while Detroit and Pittsburgh ranked twelth and thirteenth, respectively.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
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The difference is nonetheless drastic: $220,119 and $44,453, respectively, on average per person annually.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
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Jolly and Creten, who are both married to Monster Jam drivers (Neil Elliott and Jimmy Creten, respectively), have kids.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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We used to refer to them respectively as “London” and “Paris.”The Long Labrador Trail
The Madrid and Barcelona statues were erected in 1885 and 1888 respectively.
His two children, Herbert and Allan, were born in 1903 and 1907 respectively.Herbert Hoover
The names of the persons whom they respectively married are in italics.Queen Elizabeth
Two now fill that office, appointed in 1885 and 1898 respectively.
- (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
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