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responsive adj
1 containing or using responses or antiphons recited or sung in alternation; "responsive reading"; "antiphonal liturgy" [syn: antiphonal]
2 readily reacting to people or events; showing emotion; "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience" [ant: unresponsive]
3 readily reacting to suggestions and influences; "a responsive student" [syn: amenable, tractable]
4 susceptible to the feelings or attitudes of others; "keeping government in America responsive to the will of the people"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /rɪˈspɒnsɪv/


  1. Answering, replying or responding.
  2. Able to receive and respond to external stimuli.
  3. Using antiphons; antiphonal.
  4. Susceptible to the feelings of others.


answering, replying or responding
able to receive and respond to external stimuli
using antiphons; antiphonal
susceptible to the feelings of others

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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