Definition of respective in English:


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  • Belonging or relating separately to each of two or more people or things.

    ‘they chatted about their respective childhoods’
    • ‘All lyrics used at the beginning of each chapter belong to their respective songwriters.’
    • ‘This requires a review of current antenatal education and the respective roles of caregivers.’
    • ‘Maybe the respective disciplines have differing aims anyway and can't be synthesised?’
    • ‘Here, the conduct of the parties and their respective interests are relevant.’
    • ‘Though similar points are raised in respect of each of them their respective terms are different.’
    • ‘The paths that landed the two men in their respective positions are markedly different.’
    • ‘In fact the two cousins have gone very separate routes in amassing their respective fortunes.’
    • ‘Both were child prodigies in chess, quickly rising to their respective nations' top slots.’
    • ‘He said they should be removed from their respective positions as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We were sent papers independently to read in advance, to come to a meeting for us to share our respective views.’
    • ‘Both of these explanations have been refined and drawn out by adherents of the respective theories.’
    • ‘I called my sister and mom to make sure that everyone was safe in their respective homes.’
    • ‘We discuss the news and agree to keep in touch by telephone and then disperse to our respective apartments.’
    • ‘There are great prizes to be won by both the children and their respective schools.’
    • ‘Hardly any of the games are supported by their respective local authorities.’
    • ‘We were both starting out in our respective careers which happened to be in the same field.’
    • ‘Reviews suggest that they're good, but not the best in their respective series.’
    • ‘These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.’
    • ‘To my mind, all four represent their respective artists at their creative peak.’
    • ‘Moreover, all of them finished in the top dozen of their respective events.’
    separate, personal, own, particular, individual, specific, special, corresponding, relevant, appropriate, different, various, several
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/rəˈspektiv/ /rəˈspɛktɪv/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘relative, comparative’): from medieval Latin respectivus, from respect- ‘regarded, considered’, from the verb respicere (see respect), reinforced by French respectif, -ive.