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respective

[ri-spek-tiv] /rɪˈspɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining individually or severally to each of a number of persons, things, etc.; particular:
I will now discuss the respective merits of the candidates.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Medieval Latin respectīvus, equivalent to Latin respect(us) (see respect) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
respectiveness, noun
Synonyms
separate, individual, corresponding.
Antonyms
irrespective.
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  • Development parcel, with final and approved blue prints and respective construction permits.
  • But when the contest concludes, each intricately engineered abode returns to its respective college, where many are dismantled.
  • The fall in the dollar is equivalent to a tightening of their respective monetary policies.
  • The ten research centers are located around the world and represent their respective regions.
  • The animals would have evolved over time and adapted themselves to their respective environmental conditions.
  • My theory is that these delegates for the summer took that idea of the celebration back to their respective communities.
  • As a result, the flavor profiles of their respective sparkling wines are different.
  • But he cautions that neither solves all of their respective issues.
  • The acting in this film is uncommonly good and the principals are particularly well suited to their respective rôles.
  • We seek candidates who can teach a broad range of courses in their respective disciplines.
British Dictionary definitions for respective

respective

/rɪˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
belonging or relating separately to each of several people or things; several: we took our respective ways home
2.
an archaic word for respectful
Derived Forms
respectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for respective
adj.

mid-15c., "regardful, observing or noting with attention," from Medieval Latin respectivus "having regard for," from Latin respect- past participle stem of respicere (see respect (n.)). Meaning "relating or pertaining severally each to each" is from 1640s.

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