SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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
First recorded in
1375–1425; late Middle English
-ive Related forms re·spon·sive·ly, adverb hy·per·re·spon·sive, adjective hy·per·re·spon·sive·ly, adverb hy·per·re·spon·sive·ness, noun non·re·spon·sive, adjective non·re·spon·sive·ly, adverb qua·si-re·spon·sive, adjective qua·si-re·spon·sive·ly, adverb un·re·spon·sive, adjective un·re·spon·sive·ly, adverb un·re·spon·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperresponsive adjective 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 hyperresponsive adj.
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.
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