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Responsa

[ ri-spon-suh ]

noun

  1. 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.


responsa

/ rɪˈspɒnsə /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Responsa1

1895–1900; < New Latin; plural of responsum
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Example Sentences

Second, brief compilations of precepts, like the works of Hefez ben Yazliah and the responsa of some geonim.

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.

The responsa prudentum, the opinions of learned men, published as such, did undoubtedly originate an immense portion of Roman law.

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