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Definitions for divisive
dɪˈvaɪ sɪvdi·vi·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissentious, divisive, factiousadjective

    dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)


  1. divisiveadjective

    Having a quality that divides or separates

    Rather than fostering unity, he becomes divisive.


  1. divisive

    Divisive refers to something that causes disagreement or hostility between people, leading to a separation or split within a group. It typically relates to an action, behavior, opinion, issue, or policy that causes major disagreement or conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divisiveadjective

    indicating division or distribution

  2. Divisiveadjective

    creating, or tending to create, division, separation, or difference

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. divisif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of divisive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of divisive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of divisive in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Gleicher:

    We see this operation targeting largely U.S. public debate and engaging in the sort of political issues that are challenging and sometimes divisive in the U.S. right now, whenever you do that, a piece of what you engage on are topics that are going to matter for the election. But I can't say exactly what their goal was.

  2. Steve Schale:

    I think it's a center-right state, I think he is not electable in a general and I think he has the ability to create a pretty divisive primary if he runs.

  3. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton:

    She can reflect some of the same sentiment that Trump and the Brexit forces tapped into but use it to her advantage. She can say,‘We need to have a smart immigration policy but we don’t have to be ugly or divisive.' She is not going to, and doesn’t want to, out-Trump Trump, but the idea is to say, ‘I understand these concerns,'.

  4. John Kasich:

    I’ve long opposed Roy Moore [and] his divisive viewpoints. The actions described make him unfit for office. The GOP must not support him. He should step aside.

  5. Natural Resources:

    In the face of the existential threats like climate change and MAGA extremism, House and Senate leadership has a greater responsibility than ever to avoid risking a government shutdown by jamming divisive policy riders into a must-pass continuing resolution, permitting reform hurts already-overburdened communities, puts polluters on an even faster track, and divides the caucus.

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