responsum

[ ri-spon-suhm ]
/ rɪˈspɒn səm /

noun, plural re·spon·sa [ri-spon-suh]. /rɪˈspɒn sə/.

the reply of a noted rabbi or Jewish scholar as rendered in the Responsa.

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Origin of responsum

1895–1900; <New Latin, Latin respōnsum a reply; see response
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British Dictionary definitions for responsum

responsum
/ (rɪˈspɒnsəm) /

noun plural -sa (-sə)

Judaism a written answer from a rabbinic authority to a question submitted

Word Origin for responsum

Latin, literally: reply, response
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