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.
Recent Examples on the Web This insight allows Billy Footwear to temper its operations to deliver a B2B and B2C customer experience that is responsive, accurate, and streamlined. Forbes, 28 May 2021 Our age of information deluge yields two types of people: the first is immediately responsive, or at least excels in expectation management; the second allows information to fall into a black hole — a void of communication. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2021 Nutrition services and school staffs have been nimble, responsive, and student-focused. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Ultimately, all Americans benefit from having a responsive, rigorous, and trusted FDA. Zoë Mclaren, Wired, 16 Apr. 2021 Given the problematic origins of the port, the process has to be even more inclusive, more responsive and more transparent in order to get any sort of public support. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 Such variants may be more transmissible, more deadly, less responsive to existing vaccines and therapeutics, or a combination of these dangerous changes. Rajiv J. Shah, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2021 The Taos’s steering is responsive and direct, with a firm on-center feel. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2021 The keyboard is responsive and comfortable to type on, and the screen is bright and vivid. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of responsive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of responsive was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Responsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/responsive. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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