1

respondent

noun re·spon·dent \ ri-ˈspän-dənt \

Definition of respondent

1 :one who responds: such as
a :one who maintains a thesis in reply
b (1) :one who answers in various legal proceedings (as in equity cases)
(2) :the prevailing party in the lower court
c :a person who responds to a poll
2 :a reflex that occurs in response to a specific external stimulus — compare operant

Examples of respondent in a Sentence

  1. A majority of respondents said they disagreed with the mayor's plan.

Recent Examples of respondent from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'respondent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of respondent

Latin respondent-, respondens, present participle of respondēre


2

respondent

adjective

Definition of respondent

1 :making response :responsive; especially :being a respondent at law
2 :relating to or being behavior or responses to a stimulus that are followed by a reward
  • respondent conditioning
— compare operant 3

First Known Use of respondent

1726


RESPONDENT Defined for English Language Learners

respondent

noun

Definition of respondent for English Language Learners

  • : a person who gives a response or answer to a question that is asked especially as part of a survey


Medical Dictionary

1

respondent

noun re·spon·dent \ ri-ˈspän-dənt \

medical Definition of respondent

:a reflex that occurs in response to a specific external stimulus
  • the knee jerk is a typical respondent

2

respondent

adjective

medical Definition of respondent

:relating to or being behavior or responses to a stimulus that are followed by a reward
  • respondent conditioning
— compare operant

Law Dictionary

respondent

noun re·spon·dent \ ri-ˈspän-dənt \

legal Definition of respondent

:one who answers or defends in various proceedings: as
a :an answering party in an equitable proceeding
b :a party against whom a petition (as for a writ of habeas corpus) seeking relief is brought
c :an answering party in a proceeding in juvenile court or family court; specifically :a party against whom a divorce proceeding is brought
d :a party prevailing at trial who defends the outcome on appeal :appellee


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up respondent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

money or riches

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!