Responsa

[ ri-spon-suh ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə /

noun

the branch of rabbinical literature comprised of authoritative replies in letter form made by noted rabbis or Jewish scholars to questions sent to them concerning Jewish law.

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Origin of Responsa

1895–1900; < New Latin; plural of responsum

Definition for responsa (2 of 2)

responsum
[ ri-spon-suh m ]
/ rɪˈspɒn səm /

noun, plural re·spon·sa [ri-spon-suh] /rɪˈspɒn sə/.

the reply of a noted rabbi or Jewish scholar as rendered in the Responsa.

Origin of responsum

1895–1900; < New Latin, Latin respōnsum a reply; see response
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British Dictionary definitions for responsa (1 of 2)

responsa
/ (rɪˈspɒnsə) /

noun Judaism

the plural of responsum
that part of rabbinic literature concerned with written rulings in answer to questions

British Dictionary definitions for responsa (2 of 2)

responsum
/ (rɪˈspɒnsəm) /

noun plural -sa (-sə)

Judaism a written answer from a rabbinic authority to a question submitted

Word Origin for responsum

Latin, literally: reply, response
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