- The definition of divisive is something that tends to cause arguments or hostility among people.
Politics and religion are both examples of subjects that would be described as divisive.
divisive definition by Webster's New World
causing division; esp., causing disagreement or dissension
Origin: Late Latin divisivus
divisive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Creating dissension or discord.
- di·viˈsive·ly adverb
- di·viˈsive·ness noun