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[ri-spek-tiv-lee] /rɪˈspɛk tɪv li/
in precisely the order given; sequentially.
(of two or more things, with reference to two or more things previously mentioned) referring or applying to in a parallel or sequential way:
Joe and Bob escorted Betty and Alice, respectively.
1550-60; respective + -ly Unabridged
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  • But they are currently considered subspecies of leopards and leopard cats, respectively.
  • They are exactly alike in every property except that they rotate plane-polarized light to the right or left, respectively.
  • Speaking of lawyers, the mortgage and legal industries show up third and fourth, respectively.
  • The diploma and advanced diploma require two and three years of study, respectively.
  • Some of them have already ceased running, and all will do so as they respectively use up the stock on hand.
  • In addition to some field changes, two simple physics concepts: surface area and angular momentum, respectively.
  • But they were generally referred to as a role-playing game and survival horror, respectively.
  • If you press them fast or slow or hold them down, it'll create little grace notes or extend the notes, respectively.
  • Seuss books have mostly animals and weird creatures in them, respectively.
  • If you think mathematically, the two opposite extremes are running one for reward and the other for power respectively.
British Dictionary definitions for respectively


(in listing a number of items or attributes that refer to another list) separately in the order given: he gave Janet and John a cake and a chocolate respectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for respectively

mid-15c., "relatively;" 1620s, "relatively to each singly," from respective + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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