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[ri-spon-siv] /rɪˈspɒn sɪv/
responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.:
a responsive government.
Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
characterized by the use of responses:
responsive worship.
Origin of responsive
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin respōnsīvus. See response, -ive
Related forms
responsively, adverb
hyperresponsive, adjective
hyperresponsively, adverb
hyperresponsiveness, noun
nonresponsive, adjective
nonresponsively, adverb
quasi-responsive, adjective
quasi-responsively, adverb
unresponsive, adjective
unresponsively, adverb
unresponsiveness, noun
1. receptive, understanding, sympathetic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for responsive
  • It is a system of government that can never be responsive to the majority of its citizens.
  • Politicians these days have to be more responsive to voters.
  • Touchscreen still not as responsive as other smartphones.
  • It usually is not responsive to chemotherapy, either.
  • UK is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.
  • On the other hand, the price of gold is much more responsive to monetary policy.
  • At the same time, the system is highly responsive to additional inputs that can easily reroute the message, he adds.
  • Molecules are heavier than atoms, which makes them less responsive to laser light.
  • The machined metal of the dedicated shutter button not only feels solid, but it's also responsive.
  • Many students feel pressure from those around them to be continually connected and responsive.
British Dictionary definitions for responsive


reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
(of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
Derived Forms
responsively, adverb
responsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for responsive

early 15c., "making answer," from Middle French responsif and directly from Late Latin responsivus "answering," from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere (see respond). Meaning "responding to influence or action" is from 1762. Related: Responsively; responsiveness.

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