Definition of divisive in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɪˈvʌɪsɪv


Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people: the highly divisive issue of abortion
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  • The abortion issue has opened up the historically divisive issue to wider debate.
  • Abortion has always been a very polarising, divisive issue that is irreconcilable.
  • The Trade Ministers will attempt to build bridges in the divisive but linchpin issue of farm trade.
discordant, disharmonious, inharmonious


mid 16th century (as a noun denoting something that divides or separates): from late Latin divisivus, from Latin dividere (see divide).



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  • ‘Never trust anyone over 30,’ they used to say, divisively.
  • The play will bring the 20th Century's most ‘notorious tyrant’ daringly and divisively on to the stage.
  • But I did witness him destroy characters who criticised our great leaders and act divisively in my party.


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  • The grating ideological divisiveness of the debate prompts controversial statements.
  • Intolerance is the mother of hatred, divisiveness and disharmony.
  • Thankfully, it's almost time to move beyond the bickering and divisiveness and start thinking about life after Nov.2.

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