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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspɛktɪvli/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧spec‧tive‧ly

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respectively (comparative more respectively, superlative most respectively)

  1. In a relative manner; often used when comparing array lists, where the term denotes that the items in the lists correspond to each other in the order they are given.
    Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the women's and men's singles titles, respectively, at the 2010 Australian Open.
    • 1849, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Language”, in Nature[1], Boston, MA: James Munroe and Company, →LCCN, →OCLC; republished Salt Lake City, UT: Project Gutenberg, 2009 July 17:
      Visible distance behind and before us, is respectively our image of memory and hope.
    • 1920, H. G. Wells, “The Earth in Space and Time”, in The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind[2], New York: The Macmillan company, →LCCN, →OCLC; republished Salt Lake City, UT: Project Gutenberg, 2014 April 12:
      If, as we have said, the sun were a ball nine feet across, our earth would, in proportion, be the size of a one-inch ball, and at a distance of 323 yards from the sun. The moon would be a speck the size of a small pea, thirty inches from the earth. Nearer to the sun than the earth would be two other very similar specks, the planets Mercury and Venus, at a distance of 125 and 250 yards respectively. Beyond the earth would come the planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, at distances of 500, 1806, 3000, 6000, and 9500 yards respectively.
    • 1986, Hsia Nai, “The Classification, Nomenclature, and Usage of Shang Dynasty Jades”, in K. C. Chang, editor, Studies of Shang Archaeology: Selected Papers from the International Conference on Shang Civilization[3], Yale University Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 228:
      Two tao with three and five perforations, respectively, made of black jade, were found at the site of Shih-mao in Shensi, Yü-lin District, Shen-mu County. Their total lengths are 49 and 55 centimeters.⁴⁷
    • 2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, in BBC Sport[4]:
      Despite of the absence of Shaun Derry and Adel Taarabt because of illness and injury respectively, the home side began superbly. Helguson twice threatened early on with shots from the right-hand corner of the box before Anton Ferdinand spurned a great chance at the back post following the Icelandic striker's header back across goal.
    • 2023 May 31, Tammy Samuel, Fergus McLaverty, “The political picture: what lies ahead for Britain's railways?”, in RAIL, number 984, page 30:
      Arriva and MTR, both private companies, are paid a fixed fee to operate Overground and Elizabeth line services respectively.

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From respective +‎ -ly and/or from English respectively.

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  1. respectively