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 report said the companies failed to provide responsive answers about their relationships and support by the Chinese government, and detailed information about their operations in the United States. Washington Post, "Huawei executive warns Australia risks economy with 5G ban," 27 June 2018 The court filing asks Mount Ida to ensure no documents responsive to the request are destroyed. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Healey requests Mount Ida internal documents," 1 June 2018 No grand scheme will ever replace that, and there’s no way to get the fundamentals right without good, responsive local government and a participating citizenry. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here's why Indiana schools and their communities won at ballot box, writes Michael Hicks," 20 May 2018 That should get a lot of storage, and with it a lot of responsive demand, into California homes, which should help stabilize the grid. David Roberts, Vox, "California will require solar panels on all new homes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.," 15 May 2018 The time and expense of aggressively pursuing these non-responsive prospective jurors has been a sticking point for judicial leadership for years. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Expect to hear from the courts if you ignore jury duty in Louisville," 8 May 2018 Because the truth is that even just one responsive person in the room can make a huge difference for the person up there teaching. Mallory Creveling, SELF, "7 Surprising Things I Learned About Teaching Group Fitness Classes When I Became an Instructor," 4 May 2018 The gentle learning curve and responsive touch of the controller forgave novices. Danny Schwartz, GQ, "The Legend of NBA Street Vol. 2, the Greatest Basketball Video Game of All Time," 2 May 2018 Another patient who was terminally ill was kept sedated to the point of being non-responsive, records state. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "2 suspected of abusing disabled adults in El Mirage unlicensed care facility," 2 July 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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