[ri-spon-suh m]

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

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

Origin of responsum

1895–1900; < New Latin, Latin respōnsum a reply; see response Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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