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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 pertaining to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.
6.
Obsolete, corresponding.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin respondent- (stem of respondēns), present participle of respondēre. See respond, -ent
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  • The hallmark of any good poll is that the poll taker chooses and pursues the respondent.
  • One respondent described having to hide in the bathroom to take her pill.
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  • In this case, for four weeks, law enforcement agents tracked every movement that respondent made in the vehicle he was driving.
  • It is highly doubtful that it indicates the respondent's moral values.
  • The respondent's comment is meant to disagree with the original poster, but not in a mean-spirited way.
  • However, you're leading the respondent to the idea that electrons are not part of the atom.
British Dictionary definitions for respondent

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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