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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The paper suggests that reforms with an eye toward making elections freer and fairer can have the effect of making politicians more responsive to their constituents. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 Jyn Erso will never replace those contractors, but Camarillo and Lynch hope this model could be used to develop technical capabilities within the Army that are both more cost effective and more responsive to soldiers' needs. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers," 2 July 2018 As Trump slowly but surely begins to remake the GOP to be more responsive to working-class Americans, the globalist wing of the party is still in total denial. Fox News, "Hogan Gidley on Macron's 'special relationship' with Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 The American people deserve a court that is responsive to public will and ensures the maintenance of a democracy that is rooted in equality and justice. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.," 31 Aug. 2018 The company has repeatedly ignored requests for comment, despite being responsive to commenting on other stories. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google employees are protesting the company’s secrecy over censored search engine in China," 16 Aug. 2018 Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report, which included allegations that executives weren't responsive when women complained of workplace violations. Fox News, "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to donate $10M after NBA probes office environment," 19 Sep. 2018 Officers called to the site at 4:15 a.m. found the woman, who was not responsive. David Owens, courant.com, "Police Investigate Death Of Woman Found On Wethersfield Avenue," 7 July 2018 Cohen's attorney argued Jones should also be allowed to set aside material that is not responsive to the search warrants served this month, such as family photos or personal medical records. Devlin Barrett And Rosalind S. Helderman, chicagotribune.com, "Judge appoints special master to review material seized from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen," 27 Apr. 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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