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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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British Dictionary definitions for respectiveness

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 respectiveness
respective
1525, "regardful, attentive," from M.L. respectivus "having regard for," from L. respectus (see respect). Respectively "relatively to each singly" is from 1626.
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