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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Her narratives put forward morally responsive and socially transformative ways of being in the world. Aretha Phiri, Quartz Africa, "How Toni Morrison’s legacy plays out in South Africa’s universities," 14 Aug. 2019 And the automatic transmission is much more responsive than the continuously variable automatic transmission in some of the competitors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Ford Escape: Last of a generation," 12 Aug. 2019 Overall, the gameplay is fine — the controls are responsive and there’s enough variety in the enemies and hero abilities to keep a player occupied. Matthew Gault, Time, "'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' Is Only As Much Fun As the Friends You Play it With," 1 Aug. 2019 Finally, investors are becoming more socially aware and putting more of their money behind businesses that behave in sustainable and responsive ways. Elizabeth Schmidt, The Conversation, "Investors, consumers and workers are changing capitalism for the better by demanding companies behave more responsibly," 24 July 2019 Carter, who’s initially conciliatory and emotionally responsive to Roy’s talk about suicide, seems to become increasingly numb to the idea of it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 This app offers responsive and PDF views, bookmarks, the ability to search across all issues, variable font size for easy reading, and social media sharing. The New York Review of Books, "Subscribing to The New York Review of Books App," 17 June 2019 Snappy and responsive Qualcomm set up demo stations to show the 8cx in action. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster," 7 Dec. 2018 For maximal benefit, technology must be responsive to new generations of older adults who are aging in place with more investment and interest in new technology. David Lindeman, The Conversation, "How technology could be a solution to caregiver shortage for seniors," 25 July 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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