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  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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Historical Examples of responsively

  • "Ja, ja," said Ingeborg responsively, delighted at this flicker of life.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim

  • "Yes, it is good," he said responsively, both to the hope she inspired and the caress she bestowed.


    Davis Brinton

  • She opened her large, blue eyes and fixed them full on mine, responsively.

    Miriam Monfort

    Catherine A. Warfield

  • Mr Wegg does not know, but he makes as if he did, by responsively nodding his head.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • The mind presses the button, the nerves carry the messages, and muscle acts instantaneously and responsively.

    The Voice

    Frank E. Miller

British Dictionary definitions for responsively


  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 responsively



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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