noun Etymology: Middle English & Latin; Middle English respounce, from Anglo-French respuns, respounce, from Latin responsum reply, from neuter of responsus, past participle of respondēre Date: 14th century 1. an act of responding 2. something constituting a reply or a reaction: as a. a verse, phrase, or word sung or said by the people or choir after or in reply to the officiant in a liturgical service b. the activity or inhibition of previous activity of an organism or any of its parts resulting from stimulation c. the output of a transducer or detecting device resulting from a given input Synonyms: see answer

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  • Response — steht für: Response, das Verhalten eines Menschen infolge von aufgenommenen Reizen, siehe Reiz Reaktions Modell Response, die Reibung der Schnur an der Innenseite eines Yo Yos Response (Judentum), rechtliche Anfragen an eine jüdische halachische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Response — Re*sponse (r?*sp?ns ), n. [OF. response, respons, F. r[ e]ponse, from L. responsum, from respondere. See {Respond}.] 1. The act of responding. [1913 Webster] 2. An answer or reply. Specifically: (a) Reply to an objection in formal disputation. I …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • response — I noun acknowledgment, answer, antiphon, countercharge, counterstatement, explanation, plea, reaction, rebuttal, rejoinder, replication, reply, respondence, responsal, retort, return, riposte, surrebutter, surrejoinder II index acknowledgment… …   Law dictionary

  • response — Response. s. f. Ce qu on respond. Bonne, pertinente réponse. réponse positive, precise. réponse favorable, sotte, impertinente, ridicule. méchante réponse. cette réponse ne satisfait pas. cette réponse est categorique, n est pas categorique.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • response — c.1300, from L. responsum answer, prop. neut. pp. of respondere to respond (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • response — answer, reply, rejoinder, retort (see under ANSWER vb 1) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • response — [n] answer, reaction acknowledgment, antiphon, back talk*, comeback, counter, double take*, echo, feedback, hit, kickback*, knee jerk reaction*, lip*, rejoinder, reply, respond, retort, return, reverberation, riposte, sass*, snappy comeback*,… …   New thesaurus

  • response — ► NOUN 1) an instance of responding; an answer or reaction. 2) an excitation of a nerve impulse caused by a change or event …   English terms dictionary

  • response — [ri späns′] n. [ME respounse < ML respons < L responsum, neut. of responsus, pp. of respondere: see RESPOND] 1. something said or done in answer; reply or reaction 2. Eccles. a) a word or words used in replying to or affirming a prayer,… …   English World dictionary

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