from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Answering or replying; responding.
  • adjective Readily reacting to suggestions, influences, appeals, or efforts.
  • adjective Containing or using responses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Answering; correspondent; suited to something else; being in accord.
  • Responsible; answerable.
  • Able, ready, or inclined to respond or answer; answering; replying.
  • Characterized by the use of responses: as, a responsive service of public worship.
  • In law, pertinent in answer; called for by the question: as, a party is not bound by an answer given by his own witness if it is not responsive to the question, but may have the irresponsive matter struck out.
  • noun An answer; a response; a reply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective That responds; ready or inclined to respond.
  • adjective Suited to something else; correspondent.
  • adjective obsolete Responsible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Answering, replying or responding.
  • adjective Able to receive and respond to external stimuli.
  • adjective Using antiphons; antiphonal.
  • adjective Susceptible to the feelings of others.
  • adjective obsolete Suited to something else; correspondent.
  • adjective obsolete responsible

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
  • adjective containing or using responses; alternating
  • adjective reacting to a stimulus


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