Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to two or more persons or things regarded individually; particular: successful in their respective fields.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own.
  • adj. Noticing with attention; careful; wary.
  • adj. Looking toward; having reference to; relative, not absolute.
  • adj. Fitted to awaken respect.
  • adj. Rendering respect; respectful; regardful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Noticing with attention; hence, careful; wary; considerate.
  • adj. Looking towardl having reference to; relative, not absolute.
  • adj. Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own.
  • adj. Fitted to awaken respect.
  • adj. Rendering respect; respectful; regardful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Observing or noting with attention: regardful; hence, careful; circumspect; cautious; attentive to consequences.
  • Relative; having relation to something else; not absolute.
  • Worthy of respect; respectable.
  • Rendering respect; respectful.
  • Characterized by respect for special persons or things; partial.
  • Relating or pertaining severally each to each; several; particular.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. considered individually

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Examples

  •   She says the leaders will brief each other on what she describes as their respective domestic development.

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  • Guts: I disagree that they have successfully done this, at least when it comes to my arguments (i have not followed each and every debate that has taken place here at TT), but that is something to be hashed out in respective threads.

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  • I disagree that they have successfully done this, at least when it comes to my arguments (i have not followed each and every debate that has taken place here at TT), but that is something to be hashed out in respective threads.

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  • But before they did so, they called their respective parents.

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  • Like many of us, the affluent boomers really welcome their independence, and will likely be more responsive to marketers who address this in respective messaging.

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  • Coming in respective last place is ED2K-it. com TV section of their forums.

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  • And as I recall their respective 6-month policies were very comparable in cost.

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  • Our answer to those will be - BTRC should arrange few public hearing on these services and call the respective agency chiefs and concerned ministry officials (as well as concerned advisers, if necessary!) to be present in those public hearings.

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  • Each company said that consumers with concerns about products containing the meat can call their respective toll-free numbers for more information.

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