noun re·spon·sion \-nchən\

Definition of responsion



  1. 1 obsolete :  a sum required to be paid; especially :  an annual payment required of a member of a military order of knighthood

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at respond

First Known Use: 15th century

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a brief usually trivial fact

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