respective

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Medieval Latin respectivus, from Latin respectus. Equivalent to respect +‎ -ive.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspɛktɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv
  • Hyphenation: re‧spec‧tive

AdjectiveEdit

respective (not comparable)

  1. Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own.
    They returned to their respective places of abode.
    • 2012 August 23, Alasdair Lamont, “Hearts 0-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Adam and Novikovas swapped long-range efforts, neither of which troubled the respective keepers.
    • 2020 April 22, “Network News: Staged return to work at Hitachi and CAF factories”, in Rail, page 9:
      Hitachi and CAF have begun a staged return to work at their respective Newton Aycliffe and Newport factories, having reduced output following the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. (obsolete) Noticing with attention; careful; wary.
    • c. 1559-1570, Edwin Sandys, letter to Bernard Gilpin
      But if you looke upon the estate of the church of England with a respective eye , you cannot with a good conscience refuse this charge imposed upon you
  3. (obsolete) Looking toward; having reference to; relative, not absolute.
    the respective connections of society
  4. (obsolete) Fitted to awaken respect.
  5. (obsolete) Rendering respect; respectful; regardful.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

respective

  1. feminine singular of respectif

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AdverbEdit

respective

  1. Obsolete spelling of respektive