respective

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respective (not comparable)

  1. Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own.
    They returned to their respective places of abode.
    • 2012 August 23, Alasdair Lamont, “Hearts 0-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      Adam and Novikovas swapped long-range efforts, neither of which troubled the respective keepers.
  2. (obsolete) Noticing with attention; careful; wary.
    • Archbishop Sandys
      If you look upon the church of England with a respective eye, you can not [] refuse this charge.
  3. (obsolete) Looking toward; having reference to; relative, not absolute.
    the respective connections of society
  4. (obsolete) Fitted to awaken respect.
  5. (obsolete) Rendering respect; respectful; regardful.
    • Chapman
      With respective shame, rose, took us by the hands.
    • Lord Burleigh
      With thy equals familiar, yet respective.

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Adjective[edit]

respective f

  1. feminine form of respectif