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[ri-spons] /rɪˈspɒns/
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.
  1. a verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant.
    Compare versicle (def 2).
  2. responsory.
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
Related forms
responseless, adjective
counterresponse, noun
1. rejoinder.
Synonym Study
1. See answer. Unabridged
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  • The kind of responses which transfer are quite as important as the amount of the transfer.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • Your heart frames the responses to the litany of my remembrance.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • For this purpose I took a batch of six radishes and obtained from them responses at gradually increasing temperatures.

  • You may be sure it wasn't Billy's left ear which burned when I made my responses.

    A Brace Of Boys Fitz Hugh Ludlow
  • There was only the brief hesitation that preceded all her responses.

British Dictionary definitions for responses


the act of responding; reply or reaction
(bridge) a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
(usually pl) (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
Derived Forms
responseless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for responses



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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responses in Medicine

response re·sponse (rĭ-spŏns')
A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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responses in Science
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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