responsive

adjective
re·​spon·​sive | \ ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce responsive (audio) \

Definition of responsive

1 : giving response : constituting a response : answering a responsive glance responsive aggression
2 : quick to respond or react appropriately or sympathetically : sensitive
3 : using responses a responsive liturgy

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Other Words from responsive

responsively adverb
responsiveness noun

Examples of responsive in a Sentence

The patient was not responsive to the treatment. The store is very responsive to the needs of its customers.

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In terms of functionality, this pillow is hypoallergenic and breathable, and the latex material is supportive and hyper-responsive to your body. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Brooklyn Bedding Just Released 3 New Pillows, and They're Perfect for Hot Sleepers," 6 Mar. 2019 But Newman said that Intel isn’t thinking about how fast the CPU accomplishes a single task, but how responsive the laptop is with multiple files and applications open simultaneously. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 It should never be allowed to be activated if the driver is not alert and responsive. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 The good news is that Curiosity remains otherwise stable, healthy and responsive. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch," 22 Sep. 2018 To prevent delay, home buyers need to be responsive to mortgage document requests and contract timelines. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "On the Move: Relocation Spotlight on BHGRE Gary Greene," 24 June 2018 Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Byford has drawn praise for a customer-friendly approach that focuses on clean stations and being responsive to riders and his workforce. Paul Berger, WSJ, "It’s Not Easy Being Andy Byford When Your Job Is to Save the NYC Subway," 13 Jan. 2019 And there are arguments from good government reformers, too, that such a reform would make the Senate more democratically responsive and help presidents enact their agenda. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 While the fashion industry has been reluctant to include a full range of diverse bodies, what any smart business is responsive to is demand. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of responsive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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responsive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of responsive

: reacting in a desired or positive way
: quick to react or respond

responsive

adjective
re·​spon·​sive | \ ri-ˈspän-siv How to pronounce responsive (audio) \

Kids Definition of responsive

1 : showing interest He was not responsive to our invitation.
2 : quick to respond in a sympathetic way The store is responsive to its customer's needs.

Other Words from responsive

responsively adverb
responsiveness noun

responsive

adjective
re·​spon·​sive | \ ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce responsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of responsive

: making a response especially : responding to treatment pain responsive to opioids

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