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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.


  1. respective

    Respective refers to something belonging or relating individually to each of two or more people or things that were previously mentioned, often corresponding in order or position. It is used to indicate that two or more items are considered separately or individually within the same context.

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.]

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  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. Heather Nauert:

    We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit. Ongoing conversations continue to take place.

  2. Benchmark Company analyst Daniel Kurnos:

    The results are further indications that the leaders in their respective spaces are taking market shares and Apple Inc is very much a microcosm of the internet as a whole.

  3. Asher Weinberger:

    We were on our respective couches, in isolation, mutually depressed, asking each other,' What do we do with this last $ 10,000 ?' we ultimately decided we're going to take a Hail Mary pass.

  4. Gero Farruggio:

    Importantly, most (countries) have large targets outlining the inclusion of renewable power sources within their respective energy mixes, with corresponding support policies.

  5. Mira Hashmall:

    The $28,850,000 settlement includes the verdict awarded by the federal jury in August 2022, and further resolves all outstanding issues related to pending legal claims in state court, future claims by the Bryant children, and other costs, with each party responsible for its respective attorneys’ fees.

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  • Johir B Chowdhury
    Johir B Chowdhury
    Respective in treating others
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