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response

[ri-spons]
noun
  1. an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.
  2. Biology. any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
  3. Ecclesiastical.
    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.
  4. 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
Related formsre·sponse·less, adjectivecoun·ter·re·sponse, noun

Synonyms for response

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1. See answer.
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-response

response

noun
  1. the act of responding; reply or reaction
  2. bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
  3. (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
  4. electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
  5. any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions that arises from stimulation of the nervous system
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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

response

n.

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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counter-response in Medicine

response

(rĭ-spŏns)
n.
  1. A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
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counter-response in Science

response

[rĭ-spŏns]
  1. 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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