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responsive

[ri-spon-siv]
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adjective
  1. responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.
  2. Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
  3. characterized by the use of responses: responsive worship.

Origin of responsive

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word respōnsīvus. See response, -ive
Related formsre·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive, adjectivehy·per·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive·ness, nounnon·re·spon·sive, adjectivenon·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbqua·si-re·spon·sive, adjectivequa·si-re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive, adjectiveun·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive·ness, noun

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1. receptive, understanding, sympathetic.
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperresponsive

responsive

adjective
  1. reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
  2. (of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
Derived Formsresponsively, adverbresponsiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hyperresponsive

responsive

adj.

early 15c., "making answer," from Middle French responsif and directly from Late Latin responsivus "answering," from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere (see respond). Meaning "responding to influence or action" is from 1762. Related: Responsively; responsiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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