[ ri-spon-duhnt ]
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  1. a person who responds or makes reply.

  2. Law. a defendant, especially in appellate and divorce proceedings.

  1. giving a response; answering; responsive.

  2. Law. being a respondent.

  1. Psychology. of or relating to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.

  2. Obsolete. corresponding.

Origin of respondent

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

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British Dictionary definitions for respondent


/ (rɪˈspɒndənt) /

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

  1. a less common word for responsive

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