- a person who responds or makes reply.
- Law. a defendant, especially in appellate and divorce proceedings.
Origin of respondent
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Examples from the Web for respondent
But rarely does it cover the respondent in even short-term glory.
The most obvious: no matter how charismatic a respondent may be, he or she is not the president.
The more promising the respondent, the higher the expectations and the greater the potential for disappointment.
The younger the respondent, the lower the support for whaling.I’ll Have the Whale, Please: Japan’s Unsustainable Whale Hunts
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
February 5, 2013
A respondent from New Mexico said he or she owns a “.22 pistol to shoot rattlesnakes only in my yard.”Readers Weigh In After Newtown Shooting: Why Own a Gun?
December 19, 2012
The petitioner's name was Peter Quilliam; the respondent——, the co respondent——.The Manxman
Respondent's visage questionable, however,—too dirty, and too happy.
Janet was the respondent, of course, Margaret listening in silence.David Elginbrod
We find that the respondent has not been guilty of misconduct with Hadi Bey.
We find that the respondent has not been guilty of misconduct with Aristide Dumeny.
- 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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Word Origin and History for respondent
1520s, "one who answers," from Latin respondentem (nominative respondens), present participle of respondere (see respond).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper