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Definition relating separately to the people or things just mentioned
  • Our salespeople are paid in accordance with their respective sales.
respective = relating separately to the people or things just mentioned
  • California and Texas have about 40 and 30 million people respectively.
  • respectively = separately in the specified order
  • Some state judges are appointed by governors of their respective states. Others are elected.
  • respective = relating separately to the people or things just mentioned
  • Although originally written under a pseudonym, this version of The Federalist Papers has the real name of each author included with their respective essays.
  • respective = relating separately to the people or things just mentioned
  • As it was, we were compelled to hold our heads high and be, respectively, a gentleman and a lady.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • respectively = separately in the specified order
  • They knew each other through their respective books, and were soon talking excitedly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Even Ali's older JV field hockey friends had returned from their respective colleges; they stood in a teary huddle near the door.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • He explained about their respective disabilities, and he spent some time describing their personalities and what it had been like to study under them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • With the mail clerk's departure, Emile and Andrey looked down at their respective envelopes in wonder.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • From then on, whenever they called our respective faiths to action, we would sing out to each other: "Work it out for me, Piper!"
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Rogojin and the prince each approached the house on his respective side of the road; Rogojin, who was on the near side, beckoned the prince across.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism each have founder figures—Muhammad, Jesus, and the Buddha, respectively.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • And this is how, on any given evening, one could hear not one but two families calling for their respective Jeemees.
    Dumas Firoozeh  --  Funny in Farsi
  • We rinse out the used cans and empty bottles and put them in their respective bins.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Timothy could not lift the veil, and the two other boys were busy being ten and eight years old, respectively.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He hit the brakes, swerving slightly, as two other cups crashed against the back door and sunroof, respectively.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • You had now to look about for two victims whose names began with A and B respectively and who lived at places also beginning with those same letters.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The Owenites in England, and the Fourierists in France, respectively, oppose the Chartists and the Reformistes.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • There, as wont, the guns' crews stood by their respective cannon erect and silent.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • But even the C.E.T. delegates betrayed the fiction of that calm as they returned to their respective congregations.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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