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 Requests for proposals to operate the shelter were issued March 20, and although 20 prospective bidders downloaded the application, the Alpha Project was the sole respondent by the March 25 deadline. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 On the other hand, the average family wealth per respondent stood at $1.7 billions. Francois Botha, Forbes, 2 May 2022 One question asked if the respondent supports limiting the wolf population to 350 animals. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Each respondent answered 27 questions about their sofa, giving our team over 93,000 points to read through. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 Brown later called 911 and told a Davie County telecommunications respondent that her family had safety concerns but did not specify what kind of safety concerns. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 23 Apr. 2022 The political climate often affected the information a respondent would provide the government, including information about their race or ethnicity. Libby Seline, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2022 But honestly, my favorite part of the story was the one respondent. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 This was basically the scheme Warner came up with for surveys that might ask embarassing questions such as whether a respondent had for example evaded taxes, slept with a prostitute, etc. Dennis Shasha, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The salient findings of the report include, among others, the response of respondent family offices to the rising global inflation, high levels of cash holdings, and the much healthier performance of general portfolios as compared to past years. Francois Botha, Forbes, 2 May 2022 That percentage is roughly 15 percent higher than within the entire respondent pool. Paul Grein, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2022 Key respondent groups identified as Black – African (18%), Black – Caribbean (12%), Any Other Ethnicity (11%), Black Caribbean and White (10%), Indian (10%) and Asian and White (8%), among others. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 23 Aug. 2021 When a household agrees to participate, Nielsen has field representatives to contact would-be respondent homes. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 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, 19 Jan. 2018 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Respondent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respondent. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for respondent

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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