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[ri-spon-siv] /rɪˈspɒn sɪv/
responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.:
a responsive government.
Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
characterized by the use of responses:
responsive worship.
Origin of responsive
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word respōnsīvus. See response, -ive
Related forms
responsively, adverb
hyperresponsive, adjective
hyperresponsively, adverb
hyperresponsiveness, noun
nonresponsive, adjective
nonresponsively, adverb
quasi-responsive, adjective
quasi-responsively, adverb
unresponsive, adjective
unresponsively, adverb
unresponsiveness, noun
1. receptive, understanding, sympathetic. Unabridged
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  • They were quiet and yet responsive; he was their master and owner.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The men had confidence in their commanders and were responsive to their genius.

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • Several minutes passed thus; then, raising his face, and observing her responsive sorrow, he felt the need of explanation.

  • responsive creature that he was, the experience of these days was hardly happiness.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "Sure I won't," she answered with responsive gaiety, but reiteration of intention.

    Caybigan James Hopper
British Dictionary definitions for responsive


reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
(of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
Derived Forms
responsively, adverb
responsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for responsive

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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