Pronunciation: (ri-spon'dunt), [key]
1. a person who responds or makes reply.
2. Law.a defendant, esp. in appellate and divorce proceedings.
1. giving a response; answering; responsive.
2. Law.being a respondent.
3. Psychol.of or pertaining to behavior that occurs consistently in response to a particular stimulus.
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