Definition of respective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈspektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspektɪv//
[only before noun]
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belonging or relating separately to each of the people or things already mentioned They are each recognized specialists in their respective fields. the respective roles of men and women in society Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘relative, comparative’): from medieval Latin respectivus, from respect- ‘regarded, considered’, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard’, from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at’, reinforced by French respectif, -ive.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: respective