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responsive

[ri-spon-siv] /rɪˈspɒn sɪv/
adjective
1.
responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.:
a responsive government.
2.
Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
3.
characterized by the use of responses:
responsive worship.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. receptive, understanding, sympathetic.
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Examples from the web for unresponsive
  • The program may appear to be unresponsive for a few moments, but after that you'll see that your default location's been changed.
  • To make matters worse, patients usually become unresponsive to traditional drug therapy.
  • In people who are born blind the visual cortex is completely unresponsive to any auditory or visual stimulation.
  • In comparison, conventional gas engines seem sluggish and unresponsive.
  • Neurological examination was normal except for the patient's stuporous, unresponsive mental state.
  • It is not appropriate to be unresponsive to the pathologists conducting the second autopsy.
  • Corruption in moderate doses can overcome unresponsive bureaucracy and be an instrument of progress.
  • Some people with brain injuries to the prefrontal lobe display a peculiar cognitive deficit: they are emotionally unresponsive.
  • Few speakers reach every listener all the time, so don't focus on unresponsive audience members.
  • Instead of shuffling an unresponsive student through an unresponsive system, they had taken action to keep their campus safe.
British Dictionary definitions for unresponsive

unresponsive

/ˌʌnrɪˈspɒnsɪv/
adjective
1.
not reacting or responding to an action, question, suggestion, etc

responsive

/rɪˈspɒnsɪv/
adjective
1.
reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
2.
(of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
Derived Forms
responsively, adverb
responsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unresponsive
adj.

1660s, "unable to reply," from un- (1) "not" + responsive. Meaning "not responding" is from 1775. Related: Unresponsiveness.

responsive

adj.

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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