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rɪˈspɛk tɪvre·spec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. respective(a), several(a), various(a)adjective

    considered individually

    "the respective club members"; "specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports all agreed"


  1. respectiveadjective

    involving two or more people or things, in reference to them as individuals

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Respectiveadjective

    Etymology: from respect.

    Moses mentions the immediate causes, and St. Peter the more remote and fundamental causes, that constitution of the heavens, and that constitution of the earth, in reference to their respective waters, which made that world obnoxious to a deluge. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    When so many present themselves before their respective magistrates to take the oaths, it may not be improper to awaken a due sense of their engagements. Addison.

    The medium intended is not an absolute, but a respective medium: the proportion recommended to all is the same; but the things to be desired in this proportion will vary. John Rogers.

    What should it be, that he respects in her,
    But I can make respective in myself. William Shakespeare.

    Respective and wary men had rather seek quietly their own, and wish that the world may go well, so it be not long of them, than with pain and hazard make themselves advisers for the common good. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 1.

    He was exceeding respective and precise. Walter Raleigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respectiveadjective

    noticing with attention; hence, careful; wary; considerate

  2. Respectiveadjective

    looking towardl having reference to; relative, not absolute; as, the respective connections of society

  3. Respectiveadjective

    relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own; as, they returned to their respective places of abode

  4. Respectiveadjective

    fitted to awaken respect

  5. Respectiveadjective

    rendering respect; respectful; regardful

  6. Etymology: [Cf. F. respectif, LL. respectivus. See Respect.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'respective' in Adjectives Frequency: #898

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of respective in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of respective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of respective in a Sentence

  1. Fredrik Lundberg:

    No, it is not happening at all, the different portfolio companies have their respective agendas and don't have anything to do with one another.

  2. Colin Gillis:

    While Apple Music may introduce a bigger roster of original content than Amazon and Netflix during their respective launches, the streaming market has arguably already reached a level [ of ] saturation and consumer fatigue in the United States, apple Music is late to the party.

  3. Christine Chiu:

    We went to dinner, I went to her birthday party. Remember there were a lot of people there, we went to dinner together with our best friends, our respective, best friends, her two best friends and my best friend.

  4. John McNerney:

    My two rock idols are Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Not just because they are from Jersey, but, because they conduct themselves with humility and give a lot back to the public and their respective communities. And, the fact they both ended up marrying someone that "knew them when" is something I admire and hope to have with Tina (Rinaldi) one day.

  5. Getty Images:

    In that type of prisoner swap, you're supposed to finish your sentences and respect the judgment of each respective country.

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    Respective in treating others
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expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  • A. ambidextrous
  • B. equivalent
  • C. eloquent
  • D. adscripted

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