re·​spon·​sion | \ -nchən \
plural -s

Definition of responsion

1 obsolete : a sum required to be paid especially : an annual payment required of a member of a military order of knighthood
2a : an act of answering : answer, response
b responsions plural : the first examination taken by a candidate for the B.A. degree at Oxford University and required for matriculation

called also smalls

— compare previous examination

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First Known Use of responsion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for responsion

Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French responsion answer, sum to be paid, from Medieval Latin responsion-, responsio, from Latin, answer, from responsus (past participle of respondēre to answer) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Responsion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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