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responsive

[ri-spon-siv]
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adjective
  1. responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.
  2. Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
  3. characterized by the use of responses: responsive worship.
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Origin of responsive

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word respōnsīvus. See response, -ive
Related formsre·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive, adjectivehy·per·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive·ness, nounnon·re·spon·sive, adjectivenon·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbqua·si-re·spon·sive, adjectivequa·si-re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive, adjectiveun·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive·ness, noun

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Related Words

sympatheticsensibleconscioussusceptiblereceptivecompassionateawaresensitiveactivereactivealiveawakeforthcomingimpressionablekindheartedopenpassionateperceptivepersuadablesentient

Examples from the Web for responsive

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  • It revealed surely a tender heart, one responsive to a pure love.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • A new and excited note had come into his voice, responsive to her own.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • She, on her part, fell at once attentive, grave and responsive.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • What this efficient cause is, is a question that awakens no responsive inquiry.

  • And responsive out of his deeps had come the new thing—love.

    White Fang

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for responsive

responsive

adjective
  1. reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
  2. (of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
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Derived Formsresponsively, adverbresponsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for responsive

adj.

early 15c., "making answer," from Middle French responsif and directly from Late Latin responsivus "answering," from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere (see respond). Meaning "responding to influence or action" is from 1762. Related: Responsively; responsiveness.

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