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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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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