Definition of respondent in English:


Line breaks: re|spond|ent
Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɒnd(ə)nt


  • 1 Law A party against whom a petition is filed, especially one in an appeal or a divorce case.
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    • Very well, and these other affidavits, I take it, are affidavits filed by the respondent.
    • The appellant's second ground of appeal is that the respondents are not suitable to be the donor's attorneys.
    • The first respondents to the appeal must pay the appellant's costs of the application.
  • 2A person who replies to something, especially one supplying information for a questionnaire or responding to an advertisement: out of the many thousands of respondents to our questionnaire, under a fifth were full-time housewives
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    • Always be clear about how you want respondents to indicate their replies when answering closed questions.
    • The questionnaire invited respondents to comment on each of the 31 indicators.
    • At two years follow up we sent a postal questionnaire to those respondents who had been free of forearm pain at baseline.


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  • 1 Law In the position of a party defending against a petition: the respondent defendant
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    • Now, of course, none of the respondent defendants were parties to that action.
    • It was submitted by Counsel for the respondent party that not to decide a matter referred to him for his decision amounted to giving a decision in excess of the jurisdiction of the adjudicator.
    • But if he is named as a respondent, he is a respondent party to the proceedings, is he not?
  • 2Replying to something: the respondent firms in the survey
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    • Analysis included comparison between and within respondent groups.
    • The most disturbing respondent narrative came from a female runner.
    • The unequal sample sizes in the four respondent groups were noted.
  • 3 Psychology Involving or denoting a response, especially a conditioned reflex, to a specific stimulus.
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    • The results demonstrated that the sociality of a situation potentiates respondent laughter.
    • Suppose a student cannot correctly state the distinction between operant and respondent behavior but can shape the lever press.
    • The kind of behavior that is correlated with specific eliciting stimuli may be called respondent behavior, and a given correlation a respondent.


early 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from Latin respondent- 'answering, offering in return', from the verb respondere (see respond).

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