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Responsa

[ri-spon-suh] /rɪˈspɒn sə/
noun
1.
the branch of rabbinical literature comprised of authoritative replies in letter form made by noted rabbis or Jewish scholars to questions sent to them concerning Jewish law.
Origin of Responsa
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New Latin; plural of responsum

responsum

[ri-spon-suh m] /rɪˈspɒn səm/
noun, plural responsa
[ri-spon-suh] /rɪˈspɒn sə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the reply of a noted rabbi or Jewish scholar as rendered in the Responsa.
Origin
1895-1900; < New Latin, Latin respōnsum a reply; see response
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British Dictionary definitions for Responsa

responsa

/rɪˈspɒnsə/
noun (Judaism)
1.
the plural of responsum
2.
that part of rabbinic literature concerned with written rulings in answer to questions

responsum

/rɪˈspɒnsəm/
noun (pl) -sa (-sə)
1.
(Judaism) a written answer from a rabbinic authority to a question submitted
Word Origin
Latin, literally: reply, response
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