[ ri-spon-suh ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə /
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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
Words nearby Responsa
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Second, brief compilations of precepts, like the works of Hefez ben Yazliah and the responsa of some geonim.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
Hic ante Apollinem ex oraculo in monte Parnasso responsa dare solitus est.
Inesse quinetiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant; nec aut consilia carum aspernantur aut responsa negligunt.
Inesse quinetiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant, nec aut consilia earum aspernantur, nec responsa negligunt.Apologia Diffidentis|W. Compton Leith
The responsa prudentum, the opinions of learned men, published as such, did undoubtedly originate an immense portion of Roman law.
British Dictionary definitions for Responsa
/ (rɪˈspɒnsə) /
the plural of responsum
that part of rabbinic literature concerned with written rulings in answer to questions
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