an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.
Biology. any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
a verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant. Compare versicle ( def 2 ).
Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.

1250–1300; < Latin respōnsum, noun use of neuter past participle of respondēre to respond; replacing Middle English respounse < Middle French respons < Latin, as above

responseless, adjective
counterresponse, noun

1. rejoinder. See answer. Unabridged
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response (rɪˈspɒns)
1.  the act of responding; reply or reaction
2.  bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
3.  (usually plural) Christianity a short sentence or phrase recited or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant at a church service
4.  electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
5.  any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions that arises from stimulation of the nervous system
[C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond]

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c.1300, from L. responsum "answer," prop. neut. pp. of respondere "to respond" (see respond). Responsive is from L.L. responsivus, from L. responsus, pp. of respondere.
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response re·sponse (rĭ-spŏns')
A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.

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response   (rĭ-spŏns')  Pronunciation Key 
A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus. See more at classical conditioning.
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Example sentences
It imitates the fashion of a prayer-book, gives the responses of the
  congregation and is printed with red rubrics.
Neither do they disdain to consult them, nor neglect the responses which they
The really surprising thing was how varied our responses were.
And these scientists are investigating the physical responses that underlie the
  functioning of our fingers and skin.
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