- responsive 1520s, вЂњmaking answer,вЂќ from Fr. responsif or directly from L.L. responsivus, from L. respons-, pp. stem of respondere (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Meaning вЂњresponding to influence or actionвЂќ is from 1762. Related: Responsively; responsiveness.
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responsive — re‧spon‧sive [rɪˈspɒnsɪv ǁ rɪˈspɑːn ] adjective if a company, organization etc is responsive, it is ready to react in a useful or helpful way to problems, complaints, market changes etc: responsive to • Companies have become more responsive to… … Financial and business terms
responsive — I adjective accessible, active, acute, admissive, alert, alive, answering, communicative, discerning, keen, perceptive, prudent, reacting, reactive, receptive, reciprocative, rejoining, replying, respondent, sensible, sensitive, sentient, sharp,… … Law dictionary
responsive — [ri spän′siv] adj. [< Fr or LL: Fr responsif < LL responsivus] 1. that gives or serves as an answer or response 2. reacting easily or readily to suggestion or appeal [a responsive audience] 3. containing or consisting of responses… … English World dictionary
Responsive — Re*spon sive ( s?v), a. [Cf. F. resposif.] 1. That responds; ready or inclined to respond. [1913 Webster] 2. Suited to something else; correspondent. [1913 Webster] The vocal lay responsive to the strings. Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. Responsible.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
responsive — 1 *sentient, sensitive, impressible, impressionable, susceptible Analogous words: answering, responding, replying (see ANSWER vb): reacting, acting, behaving (see ACT vb) Antonyms: impassive 2 sympathetic, warm, warmhearted, compassionate,… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
responsive — [adj] quick to react acknowledging, active, alive, answering, awake, aware, compassionate, conscious, forthcoming, impressionable, influenceable, kindhearted, open, passionate, perceptive, persuadable, reactive, receptive, replying, respondent,… … New thesaurus
responsive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) responding readily and positively. 2) in response; answering. DERIVATIVES responsively adverb responsiveness noun … English terms dictionary
responsive — [[t]rɪspɒ̱nsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A responsive person is quick to react to people or events and to show emotions such as pleasure and affection. Harriet was an easy, responsive little girl... This is a responsive class with plenty of ideas...… … English dictionary
responsive — re|spon|sive [ rı spansıv ] adjective 1. ) quick to react in the way that is needed, appropriate, or right for a particular situation: This car s steering is extremely responsive. responsive to: The employer was quite responsive to our safety… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
responsive — re|spon|sive [rıˈspɔnsıv US rıˈspa:n ] adj 1.) reacting quickly, in a positive way ▪ a car with highly responsive steering responsive to ▪ We try to be responsive to the needs of the customer. ▪ Her condition is not responsive to drug therapy.… … Dictionary of contemporary English