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

Even in New York State, only 29 percent of respondents think well of him compared with 53 percent who don’t. Mona Charen, National Review, "The Progressive Business of Extirpating Whiteness," 14 June 2019 Booker was 36% of voters third choice in the poll, while O'Rourke was the third choice for 33% of respondents. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Biden vs. Sanders and other things to watch in the first Democratic debates," 14 June 2019 However Freddie Mac said 10 percent of respondents used assistance or loans from nonprofits or government agencies for their down payments in 2016, up from 5 percent in 2013, suggesting that education about certain mortgage options are succeeding. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Think you could never save up for a down payment? You may be wrong," 12 June 2019 More than three-quarters of respondents thought that CEOs should take a leading role in societal change, up 11% from the previous year. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Does Capitalism Have a PR Problem?," 12 June 2019 The primary concerns of respondents were noise (58 percent), odor (60 percent) and pests and predators (66 percent). Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange Park survey shows majority oppose chicken coops, but board warming to idea," 12 June 2019 In the same survey last year, 53% of respondents said London was the world’s preeminent financial center. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Brexit chaos has lost London its spot as the world’s top financial center," 1 June 2019 Almost two thirds of respondents expected enactment of the law to impact their lives in a negative way, through price increases, restrictions on privacy, and falling quality of service. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "A Great Firewall of Russia? Kremlin puts key bricks into place.," 2 May 2019 Of course, the survey’s first three respondents were Odell Beckham, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon. Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline chatter: What’s mom going to be like when he’s playing in an actual game?," 30 Mar. 2019

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

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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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