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Definition of "divisive" []

  • Creating dissension or discord. (adjective)
  • Causing or tending to cause disagreement or dissension (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having the quality of distinguishing (adjective)

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Use "divisive" in a sentence
  • "Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is a co-chairman of the Obama campaign, issued a statement saying, "I'm deeply outraged and disappointed in the reckless statements," which he calls divisive and demeaning, and says, "They contradict his inspiring and courageous career.""
  • "And Senator Obama blasting his former pastor for making what he called divisive and destructive remarks about race and politics."
  • "LEMON: Obama says he rejects what he calls divisive and distorted remarks by his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright."