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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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin respondent- (stem of respondēns), present participle of respondēre. See respond, -ent
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  • Those same poll respondents thought our chances of avoiding catastrophe are a million times better.
  • In one poll last month, two-thirds of respondents were unhappy with his government.
  • Younger respondents turned out to be worse at budgeting and basic arithmetic than older ones.
  • respondents often choose satisfactory answers rather than searching for an optimum answer.
  • The problem, as the survey respondents point out, is that such jobs rarely offer full-time work.
  • Over a third of respondents said the economy is their main concern.
  • In one poll, more than a third of respondents said they or someone in their household had suffered a cut in pay or hours.
  • Well over half of the survey's respondents either are not interested in tablets or have never heard of them.
  • Twenty percent of respondents had the wrong time set by over an hour on their thermostats.
  • For one thing, many respondents may not want to admit to road rage because it is socially undesirable.
British Dictionary definitions for respondents

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 respondents

respondent

n.

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

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