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



BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪsɪv//
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causing people to be split into groups that disagree with or oppose each other He believes that unemployment is socially divisive. see also divide Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun denoting something that divides or separates): from late Latin divisivus, from Latin dividere ‘force apart, remove’.Word Familydivide verb noundivision noundivisive adjective
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: divisive