[ ri-spon-duh nt ]
/ rɪˈspɒn dənt /


a person who responds or makes reply.
Law. a defendant, especially in appellate and divorce proceedings.


giving a response; answering; responsive.
Law. being a respondent.
Psychology. of or relating to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.
Obsolete. corresponding.


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Origin of respondent

1520–30; < Latin respondent- (stem of respondēns), present participle of respondēre. See respond, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for respondent

/ (rɪˈspɒndənt) /


law a person against whom a petition, esp in a divorce suit, or appeal is brought


a less common word for responsive
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