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respondent

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noun re·spon·dent \ri-ˈspän-dənt\

Definition of respondent

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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Origin and Etymology of respondent

Latin respondent-, respondens, present participle of respondēre


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respondent

adjective re·spon·dent

Definition of respondent

  1. 1 :  making response :  responsive; especially :  being a respondent at law

  2. 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

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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

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respondent

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noun re·spon·dent \ri-ˈspän-dənt\

Medical Definition of respondent

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


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respondent

adjective re·spon·dent

Medical Definition of respondent

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


Law Dictionary

respondent

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noun re·spon·dent \ri-ˈspän-dənt\

Legal Definition of respondent

  1. :  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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