divisive divisive  /dɪ ˈvaɪ sɪv/


  • (adj) dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)



  1. Even more divisive would be an electoral tie, a real possibility since polls in 11 swing states are too close to call.
  2. Obama team: Senator Obama is running for president to bring the country together and end the type of divisive politics perfected by Karl Rove.
  3. In contrast to Jackson's often divisive politics of prophecy, Wilder was now the candidate of consensus progress and a united Democratic Party.


  1. EU finance ministers fail to agree on bank rules

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union finance ministers negotiating almost around the clock broke up unsuccessful talks on Saturday on how to downsize or close banks without letting taxpayers foot the bill and faced a danger that the divisive issue could undermine trust in Europe's ability to stabilize its financial system.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Editorial: Superintendent José Banda survives divisive Seattle School Board’s judgment

    The Seattle School Board’s split over Superintendent José Banda’s first-year evaluation is more of the same from a divisive board.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  3. Va. newspaper removes 'Democrat' from name, citing divisive political climate in US

    WARRENTON, Va. — A newspaper in Virginia is removing the word "Democrat" from its name because of the nation's increasingly divisive politics. In an editorial (http://bit.ly/102C4gg) published Wednesday, The Fauquier (faw-KEER') Times-Democrat announced it would now be known as the Fauquier Times.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


  1. "I am a strong believer in civility and in a bipartisan foreign policy but that cause is not served with dishonest, divisive attacks of the sort we have seen from George Bush and John McCain over the last couple of days," said Mr Obama yesterday.
    on May 18, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Afrik.com

  2. Clinton agreed to raise the offer of a seat on a presidential advisory board or another executive board if Sestak dropped his bid, "which would avoid a divisive Senate primary," the report said.
    on May 27, 2010 By: Bill Clinton Source: msnbc.com

  3. In a statement, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. said he was, "deeply outraged and disappointed," by his father's remarks. "His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic nominee -- and I believe the next president of the...
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: Jesse Jackson Source: NBC5.com

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