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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Starling credits the Montgomery Police Department with being responsive to the community’s concerns about how the drag show was handled. Nico Lang, NBC News, "An Alabama drag show was shut down on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall," 3 July 2019 This proposal is responsive to the requests that a number of local communities have made of Stanford. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Stanford’s expansion plan helps address housing crisis," 1 July 2019 Service is casual and friendly but also responsive to customers’ requests. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: Prohibition-era Arvada Tavern is all about the (really great) drinks," 26 June 2019 Jesuits strive to be attentive to God's presence in their world, and aim to be responsive to what God is calling them to do. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis controversy: What are Jesuits?," 20 June 2019 Governments, too, are becoming less responsive to middle-class priorities. The Economist, "How compatible are democracy and capitalism?," 13 June 2019 Playing Halo 5 on that setup felt responsive to my fingers, running at an apparent 60fps. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Project Xcloud demo of Halo 5 nearly indistinguishable from local play," 10 June 2019 Teachers worked together to construct plans responsive to students’ varying needs. Kelly Chandler-olcott, The Conversation, "What advice articles miss about ‘summer loss’," 10 June 2019 The Brembo Monobloc piston brakes are also responsive, stopping the bike immediately for the occasional pollo crossing. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "A Day on the New Indian FTR 1200, Then Tequila," 16 May 2019

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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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