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RESPONSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does responsive mean? 

RESPONSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective RESPONSIVE has 4 senses:

1. containing or using responses or antiphons recited or sung in alternation
2. readily reacting to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
3. readily reacting to suggestions and influences
4. readily reacting to suggestions, influences, appeals or efforts

  Familiarity information: RESPONSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESPONSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1responsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Containing or using responses or antiphons recited or sung in alternation

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

antiphonal; responsive

Context examples:

responsive reading / antiphonal liturgy

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Pertainym:

response (a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister)


Sense 2responsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Readily reacting to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion

Context example:

children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience

Similar:

answering; respondent (replying)

Also:

sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)

sensitive (being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others)

Antonym:

unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)


Sense 3responsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Readily reacting to suggestions and influences

Synonyms:

amenable; tractable; responsive

Context example:

a responsive student

Similar:

susceptible ((often followed by 'of' or 'to') yielding readily to or capable of)


Sense 4responsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Readily reacting to suggestions, influences, appeals or efforts

Context example:

keeping government in America responsive to the will of the people

Similar:

sensitive (being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others)


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