[ 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.
Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.
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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
SYNONYMS FOR response
Related formsre·sponse·less, adjectivecoun·ter·re·sponse, noun
1. See answer.
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-response
/ (rɪˈspɒns) /
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
Derived Formsresponseless, adjective
Word Origin for response
C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for counter-response
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
Medicine definitions for counter-response
[ rĭ-spŏns′ ]
A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
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Science definitions for counter-response
[ rĭ-spŏns′ ]
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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