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responsive Line breaks: re|spon|sive
Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɒnsɪv/

Definition of responsive in English:


1Reacting quickly and positively: a flexible service that is responsive to changing social patterns
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  • Changing the medical profession from one that is paternalistic to one that is self aware and quickly responsive to society's expectations is a difficult assignment.
  • We aim to please and intend to be quickly responsive to market requests whenever possible.
  • Your character moves quickly and is responsive to all controller commands.
quick to react, reactive, receptive, open to suggestions, amenable, flexible, accessible, approachable, forthcoming, sensitive, perceptive, sympathetic, well disposed, susceptible, impressionable, open, alive, awake, aware
1.1Responding readily and with interest: our most enthusiastic and responsive students
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  • The teacher alone can create an atmosphere that is positive and appealing just by being receptive, responsive and attentive to students' human needs.
  • Now, of course, not all students are so responsive, nor are results achieved overnight.
  • In addition to establishing caring, respectful relationships with students, culturally responsive classroom managers work to create a sense of community.
1.2Denoting or relating to a website whose page design changes automatically according to the size of the screen on which it is viewed: a responsive site that would work on PCs and tablets equally well a mobile-friendly responsive layout
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  • Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned web professional, creating responsive designs can be confusing at first.
  • The argument between whether to choose a responsive website or a separate mobile website is a highly debated topic.
  • For me, my principal concern around web type in a responsive world is all about measure.
2In response; answering: I’m distracted by a nibble on my line: I jig it several times, but there is no responsive tug
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  • Dr. Jones, who is doing an excellent job, wasn't prepared to give you a really direct, responsive answer to that question.
  • My position is that the discovery, the correspondence, the affidavit filed upon this motion all equate to a responsive answer to the particular question.
  • That was not a responsive answer to the question.
2.1(Of a section of liturgy) using responses.
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  • The Wednesday lunchtime mass featured chanting, responsive liturgy, hymns, prayers, readings from the Epistle and Gospel lessons, and a brief homily.
  • After that we will have some readings, and then the responsive liturgy which is in your newsletter inserts.
  • We then will read a Psalm or other piece of responsive liturgy. After that, we will go into the more contemporary part of our service.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɒnsɪvli/
Example sentences
  • In essence the teacher should not be so much of a demanding and domineering figure but should instead be someone who is responsively helping the student in learning.
  • While the main characters are in as much competition with each other as with the exploitative economic and entertainment systems, the music is energized by communal ideas that move forward in a responsively searching way.
  • The lay reader said, ‘And now we will read the Psalm responsively.’


Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɒnsɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • Customer responsiveness and accessibility are the heart of our service.
  • How will the pressures for openness and responsiveness at higher levels be handled?
  • True responsiveness to constituents' desires might produce a torrent of new spending.

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