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[dih-vahy-siv, -vis-iv] /dɪˈvaɪ sɪv, -ˈvɪs ɪv/

forming or expressing or distribution.
creating dissension or discord.
causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension
(archaic) having the quality of distinguishing

c.1600, “having a quality of dividing,” from Latin divis-, past participle stem of dividere (see divide (v.)) + -ive. Meaning “producing discord” is from 1640s. Related: Divisively; divisiveness.


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