A divisive issue is something that divides people into two groups. It can be something as simple as a political party, or it can be something as complex as a religion.

  • The divisive issue is the abortion debate.

  • The divisive issue is the transgender bathroom issue.

Definition of divisive


dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)


dissentious, factious

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Example Sentences for divisive

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    The company is divided into the ergonomics division and the retail division.

  • 2

    The Supreme Court includes the Trial Division and the Appellate Division.

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    The examining division may also override the assessment of the search division.

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    Division is the undoing of multiplication.

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    The divisions of the porters are documented.

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    The issue of importance is divisive.

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    The userbox is divisive and inflammatory.

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    Propagated by division and by adventitious plantlets.

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    The Bohemian division defended the camp.

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    The Division decided that the bequest was invalid.