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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So, while the NLRB IG office refuses to make available under FOIA all responsive documents, Mr. Berry seemed comfortable leaking information to Hill staffers. WSJ, "NLRB Acting Like It Has Something to Hide," 30 May 2018 Seven of those requests were found to have no responsive documents, meaning there are no public records within the scope of the request that can be released. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "MuckRock Investigates Conversion Therapy," 5 Apr. 2018 The video Microsoft showed off, in advance of its Microsoft Build developer conference, shows a responsive Cortana responding to an executive, answering questions, rearranging her schedule, booking conference rooms, and checking on the weather. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana concept demo portrays her as a smart, competent AI assistant for the office," 6 May 2019 Permissive parents are still loving and responsive to their children's needs. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Five Types of Parenting Styles, Explained — And How They Affect Kids, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 States get about half their foster-care dollars from the federal government and are responsive when Washington enforces its conditions. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "The White House Can Help Foster Kids," 9 Dec. 2018 But the social network in some instances sidestepped lawmakers’ questions and concerns — omissions that could infuriate some members of Congress who previously criticized Zuckerberg for failing to be responsive. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: In Kim he trusts. Trump sounds naive after meeting North Korea’s leader.," 12 June 2018 That hasn't stopped the company from entering DARPA's Launch Challenge to demonstrate flexible and responsive launch capabilities, however. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo," 19 Oct. 2018 Smarter public transportation Some urban planners envision integrating autonomous cars with existing public transit, making the whole system more flexible and responsive. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "How Driverless Cars Are Going to Change Cities," 26 June 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 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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