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respondent

[ri-spon-duh nt] /rɪˈspɒn dənt/
noun
1.
a person who responds or makes reply.
2.
Law. a defendant, especially in appellate and divorce proceedings.
adjective
3.
giving a response; answering; responsive.
4.
Law. being a respondent.
5.
Psychology. of or relating to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.
6.
Obsolete, corresponding.
Origin of respondent
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin respondent- (stem of respondēns), present participle of respondēre. See respond, -ent
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respondent

/rɪˈspɒndənt/
noun
1.
(law) a person against whom a petition, esp in a divorce suit, or appeal is brought
adjective
2.
a less common word for responsive
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Word Origin and History for respondent
n.

1520s, "one who answers," from Latin respondentem (nominative respondens), present participle of respondere (see respond).

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