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.
Recent Examples on the Web This innovative model uses a new twist on the brand’s famous TEMPUR material (originally designed by NASA), to be soft and responsive to your body’s weight. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "You can save more than $700 on a Tempur-Pedic mattress right now," 20 May 2020 Over the last four decades, our republic has been completely transformed, with nearly every change making our leaders far less responsive to the public interest. David Litt, Time, "The Coronavirus Crisis in the U.S. Is a Failure of Democracy," 20 May 2020 The vast majority of people are grateful for the debunking and responsive to it. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread," 17 May 2020 Doctors are racing to understand silent hypoxia, in which patients expected to be struggling for air are instead calm and responsive, using cell phones and chatting with physicians. Jun Michael Park, National Geographic, "There’s no earthquake to warn you, because you’re on the other side of the Indian Ocean.," 13 May 2020 Business owners have also complained that some lenders have been less responsive than others, leaving some firms lacking approval for loans as small as $10,000. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Car dealership owned by Texas Rep. Roger Williams received loan through coronavirus relief fund for small businesses," 1 May 2020 On the surface, Congress has been unexpectedly responsive to the economic catastrophe created by the pandemic and accompanying lockdowns. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "The U.S. government's coronavirus response has been an epic failure," 27 Apr. 2020 Research shows that shortly after birth, puppies and other mammals are particularly responsive to stimuli, and that early stimulation can improve overall health. Popular Science, "‘Super puppies’ keep calm and carry on in the most stressful situations," 17 Apr. 2020 Beyond active and responsive desire, there's another important factor that shapes our libidos. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Handle Mismatched Libidos, According to a Neuroscientist," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of responsive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Responsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/responsive. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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responsive

adjective
How to pronounce responsive (audio)

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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