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

In the Quinnipiac's poll of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters last month, Biden received the support of 30 percent of the respondents, while Sanders had 19 percent, Warren had 15 percent and Buttigieg had 8 percent. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Joe Biden, Kamala Harris in virtual tie for Democratic nomination, new poll shows," 2 July 2019 About 75% of the respondents to U of L's campus climate survey agreed the benefits offered meet their needs. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "'This is not what you worked so hard for': Salary woes, no raises hurting morale at U of L," 19 June 2019 About half of the respondents said audio streaming now accounts for over 75% of their digital income, whereas in the prior year 37% said that was the case. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Merlin Has Now Paid Out $2B to Indie Partners Following Biggest Year to Date," 18 June 2019 And, according to a 2018 InStyle survey of almost 1,500 women, hair color services are up; only 7 percent of the respondents were dye free. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Most of the respondents thought their actions were defensible. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.," 19 Sep. 2018 What's more, most of the respondents felt that anxiety interfered with their day-to-day lives. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 About a quarter of the respondents were in each of four groups: people who arrived before 2011, from 2012-2014, in 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 and 2018. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida has good news for Dems — and for Gov. Scott," 30 June 2018 The poll was weighted heavily toward older voters, with 84 percent of the respondents age 50 or older. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Nearly a third of GOP voters in Kansas are undecided in tight race for governor | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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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