responsive

adjective
re·spon·sive | \ ri-ˈspän(t)-siv \

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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Someone called 911 around 9:18 a.m. Monday about a man in his late 30s who was unconscious and not responsive. Kevin Williams, ajc, "Walt Disney World death: Man dies after industrial accident, deputies say," 10 July 2018 The government says the reforms are all intended to make the courts more responsive to the will of the people — and to free the judiciary from corrupt judges or communist-era holdovers. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Polish Crisis Deepens as Judges Condemn Their Own Court," 5 July 2018 That image changed slightly this year as state media placed an increasing spotlight on Diaz-Canel's public appearances, including remarks to the press last month that included his promise to make Cuba's government more responsive to its people. Michael Weissenstein And Andrea Rodriguez, chicagotribune.com, "Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes Cuba's first leader outside Castro dynasty in nearly six decades," 19 Apr. 2018 That image changed slightly this year as state media placed an increasing spotlight on Diaz-Canel's public appearances, including remarks to the press last month that included his promise to make Cuba's government more responsive to its people. Fox News, "Cuba's Raul Castro steps down as president, lawmakers elect new leader," 19 Apr. 2018 The majority of people are into their own thing, do things with their families, have their own problems and are not responsive. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Lonely woman wonders how to make friends," 7 Mar. 2018 The Varsity, according to its many fans, is both highly responsive and long-lasting. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Pens Under $10 Will Make Your Handwriting Legible," 25 June 2018 And its companion app is responsive and easy enough for anyone to use. Florence Ion, The Verge, "Nest Hello and Yale lock review: a smart entrance," 3 May 2018 Steering is responsive and effortless even at low speeds. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The station wagon is alive and well: Driving the Buick Regal TourX," 19 Mar. 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of responsive 

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

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