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respondent

[ri-spon-duh nt]
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noun
  1. a person who responds or makes reply.
  2. Law. a defendant, especially in appellate and divorce proceedings.
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adjective
  1. giving a response; answering; responsive.
  2. Law. being a respondent.
  3. Psychology. of or relating to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.
  4. Obsolete. corresponding.
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Origin of respondent

1520–30; < Latin respondent- (stem of respondēns), present participle of respondēre. See respond, -ent
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Related Words for respondent

prisoner, defendant, suspect, offender, appellant, litigant

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British Dictionary definitions for respondent

respondent

noun
  1. law a person against whom a petition, esp in a divorce suit, or appeal is brought
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adjective
  1. a less common word for responsive
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Word Origin and History for respondent

n.

1520s, "one who answers," from Latin respondentem (nominative respondens), present participle of respondere (see respond).

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