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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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Examples from the Web for unresponsiveness

Historical Examples of unresponsiveness

  • Many young people were described as silent nihilists, persons who were characterized by unresponsiveness and vast indifference.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Irritated by her unresponsiveness, he grew almost impertinent.

    The Locusts' Years

    Mary Helen Fee

  • She shook her head again and relapsed into unresponsiveness.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • He told Theo all, and was vexed by her unresponsiveness to his new-born enthusiasm.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter

  • Full of the warmth of his own emotions, he failed to grasp the significance of her unresponsiveness.

    The Mayor of Warwick

    Herbert M. Hopkins


British Dictionary definitions for unresponsiveness

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 unresponsiveness

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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