[Grammar] The usage of “respective”

rama9

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The two connectors should be attached to different ends of a cable.
I created the sentence above to indicate that one connector is should be attached to each end of a cable.

I would like to know whether it is possible to replace the word"different" with "respective" as follows:

The two connectors should be attached to the respective ends of a cable.

I found such usage of "respective" on the Internet, but as far as I consulted dictionaries, I think this usage is improper. For example, the Longman Dictionary defines this word as follows:
used before a plural noun to refer to the different things that belong to each separate person or thing mentioned

Dictionary examples are as follows:

We all went back to our respective homes to wait for news.
the respective roles of teachers and students

So, I think "respective" can be used only when there is a belonging relationship.
 
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Roman55

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It should be their respective ends.
 
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