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response

[ ri-spons ]
/ rɪˈspɒns /
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noun
an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.
Biology. any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. a verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant.Compare versicle (def. 2).
  2. responsory.
Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.
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Origin of response

1250–1300; <Latin respōnsum, noun use of neuter past participle of respondēre to respond; replacing Middle English respounse<Middle French respons<Latin, as above

synonym study for response

1. See answer.

OTHER WORDS FROM response

re·sponse·less, adjectivecoun·ter·re·sponse, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for response

response
/ (rɪˈspɒns) /

noun
the act of responding; reply or reaction
bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
(usually plural) Christianity a short sentence or phrase recited or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant at a church service
electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions that arises from stimulation of the nervous system

Derived forms of response

responseless, adjective

Word Origin for response

C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond
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Medical definitions for response

response
[ rĭ-spŏns ]

n.
A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for response

response
[ rĭ-spŏns ]

A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus. See more at classical conditioning.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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