The runners awaited the starting gun in their respective lanes for the race.
An example of respective is the order of a list of actors in a movie with their individual roles.
- as relates individually to each of two or more persons or things; several: they went their respective ways
- Obs. worthy of respect
- Obs. heedful; attentive
Origin of respectiveMedieval Latin respectivus from Classical Latin respectus: see respect
- Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own.
- They returned to their respective places of abode.
- Lord Burleigh
- With thy equals familiar, yet respective.