re·​spon·​sum ri-ˈspän(t)-səm How to pronounce responsum (audio)
plural responsa ri-ˈspän(t)-sə How to pronounce responsum (audio)
: a written decision from a rabbinic authority in response to a submitted question or problem

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, reply, response

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of responsum was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Responsum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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