Definition of respondent
1 : one who responds: such asa : one who maintains a thesis in replyb (1) : one who answers in various legal proceedings (as in equity cases) (2) : the prevailing party in the lower courtc : a person who responds to a poll
Examples of respondent in a sentence
A majority of respondents said they disagreed with the mayor's plan.
Origin and Etymology of respondent
Latin respondent-, respondens, present participle of respondēre
First Known Use: 1528
First Known Use of respondent
RESPONDENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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