Definition of divisive in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /dɪˈvʌɪsɪv/


Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people: the highly divisive issue of abortion
More example sentences
  • 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.
alienating, estranging, isolating, schismatic;
discordant, disharmonious, inharmonious



Example sentences
  • ‘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.


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

Words that rhyme with divisive

decisive, derisive, incisive
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.