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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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  • "Ja, ja," said Ingeborg responsively, delighted at this flicker of life.

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • The mind presses the button, the nerves carry the messages, and muscle acts instantaneously and responsively.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • She opened her large, blue eyes and fixed them full on mine, responsively.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • How responsively would her heart beat to the plash of the lake against her rocky seat!

  • "Yes, it is good," he said responsively, both to the hope she inspired and the caress she bestowed.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
  • In other services, the last part of the prayer, "Deliver us from evil," shall be said responsively by all.

  • Mr Wegg does not know, but he makes as if he did, by responsively nodding his head.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • "She's a very pretty girl," said I, responsively pressing Cousin Elizabeth's fingers.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Miss Ingate giggled at a high pitch, and Audrey responsively smiled.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for responsively


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 responsively



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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