- an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.
- Biology. any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
- Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.
Origin of response
1250–1300; < Latin respōnsum, noun use of neuter past participle of respondēre to respond; replacing Middle English respounse < Middle French respons < Latin, as above
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1. See answer.
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Examples from the Web for responseless
Hour after hour the rods were plied with stolid monotony, responseless and unnoticed.Chats on Angling
H. V. Hart-Davis
The beauty they had known lay here; soulless, inert, rigid and responseless, but here.The Sword of Damocles
Anna Katharine Green
After that she continued to fire until the responseless click of the hammer told her the gun was empty.The Alaskan
James Oliver Curwood
- the act of responding; reply or reaction
- bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
- (usually plural) Christianity a short sentence or phrase recited or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant at a church service
- electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
- any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions that arises from stimulation of the nervous system
C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for responseless
c.1300, from Old French respons (Modern French réponse) and directly from Latin responsum "an answer," noun use of neuter past participle of respondere "to respond" (see respond).
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- A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
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- A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus. See more at classical conditioning.
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