respondent

noun
re·​spon·​dent | \ ri-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce respondent (audio) \

Definition of respondent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

respondent

adjective

Definition of respondent (Entry 2 of 2)

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 sense 3

Examples of respondent in a Sentence

Noun A majority of respondents said they disagreed with the mayor's plan.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These metrics are evaluated based on questions such as whether a respondent is able to access food, or has skipped meals, or ever went hungry. Emily Barone, Time, "Americans Faced Less Financial Hardship in 2020 Than Before the Pandemic—But That May Not Last," 19 Apr. 2021 In a survey of 1,001 mid-market U.S. executives that Forbes Insights conducted on behalf of Capital One in late 2020, nearly every respondent (93%) reported growth rates of less than 15%. Forbes, "Mid-Market Executives Anticipate High Growth By 2022," 10 Mar. 2021 Each respondent was randomly assigned to see either an extra question about Mr. Biden endorsing the vaccine; an extra question about Mr. Trump doing so; or no extra question at all. Kabir Khanna, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "Polling analysis: Can vaccine hesitancy be reduced by a president's encouragement?," 25 Mar. 2021 The Selangor Islamic Religious Council, a respondent in the suit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters, CNN, "Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against Muslim gay sex ban," 26 Feb. 2021 However, even under these ideal conditions, the likelihood that the average respondent in the study would choose to vaccinate is just 68%. Matt Motta, The Conversation, "Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine," 13 Jan. 2021 However, even under these ideal conditions, the likelihood that the average respondent in the study would choose to vaccinate is just 68 percent. Popular Science, "What does it take to convince people to get vaccinated?," 20 Jan. 2021 Consider this survey respondent, a pregnant 36-year old doctoral candidate in New York who rejected the idea of deciding whether to have a family based on the global political failure to curtail emissions. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Are millennials really giving up on children over climate change?," 3 Dec. 2020 The average respondent who employed one or more of these strategies, or similar ones, saved a cool $407.48 every year by doing so – and seven percent even reported saving over $1,001. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Americans Who Shop Holiday Sales Save Over $400 a Year on Average, According to Survey," 30 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When a household agrees to participate, Nielsen has field representatives to contact would-be respondent homes. Brad Adgate, Forbes, "As Their Ratings Drop TV Networks Fault Nielsen; Media Researchers Weigh In," 20 Apr. 2021 Absent a robust and respondent welfare state, protests have become a routine — and occasionally effective — means of social negotiation between citizens, workers and public officials. Chantal Berman, Washington Post, "Why do Tunisians keep protesting?," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of respondent

Noun

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for respondent

Noun

Latin respondent-, respondens, present participle of respondēre

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The first known use of respondent was in 1528

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“Respondent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respondent. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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respondent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of respondent

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

respondent

noun
re·​spon·​dent | \ ri-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce respondent (audio) \

Medical Definition of respondent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

respondent

adjective

Medical Definition of respondent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

respondent

noun
re·​spon·​dent | \ ri-ˈspän-dənt How to pronounce respondent (audio) \

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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