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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 of responsive
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
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  • He found them, as a rule, bewildered, depressed and unresponsive.

    The Marne Edith Wharton
  • That made him angry, and he said that insular envy made me unresponsive.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • She had been to church; had confessed indeterminate sins to a formless and unresponsive deity.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • There is a fathomless look in his eyes and he is cold and unresponsive.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Marie heard Osborn come in and go to the dining-room and hit an unresponsive mass of coal vigorously, but she gave no sign.

    Married Life May Edginton
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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