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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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 When Peanut arrived at Faithful Friends she was heavily sedated, and minimally responsive. CBS News, "Kids accused of injecting dog with cocaine in Philadelphia," 16 Mar. 2018 In terms of functionality, this pillow is hypoallergenic and breathable, and the latex material is supportive and hyper-responsive to your body. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Brooklyn Bedding Just Released 3 New Pillows, and They're Perfect for Hot Sleepers," 6 Mar. 2019 But Newman said that Intel isn’t thinking about how fast the CPU accomplishes a single task, but how responsive the laptop is with multiple files and applications open simultaneously. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 It should never be allowed to be activated if the driver is not alert and responsive. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 The good news is that Curiosity remains otherwise stable, healthy and responsive. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch," 22 Sep. 2018 To prevent delay, home buyers need to be responsive to mortgage document requests and contract timelines. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "On the Move: Relocation Spotlight on BHGRE Gary Greene," 24 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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