• WordNet 3.6
    • adj responsive readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience"
    • adj responsive reacting to a stimulus "the skin of old persons is less reactive than that of younger persons"
    • adj responsive containing or using responses; alternating "responsive reading","antiphonal laughter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James & Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading rumors that the company supported the Church of Satan. The two were distributors of Amway Products, a competitor of Proctor & Gamble.
    • Responsive Responsible.
    • Responsive Suited to something else; correspondent. "The vocal lay responsive to the strings."
    • Responsive That responds; ready or inclined to respond.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Wisconsin, after 3:00 a.m., you have to send a rocket signal in the air after every mile you drive. Then wait a minute for a response.
    • responsive Answering; correspondent; suited to something else; being in accord.
    • responsive Responsible; answerable.
    • responsive Able, ready, or inclined to respond or answer; answering; replying.
    • responsive Characterized by the use of responses: as, a responsive service of public worship.
    • responsive In law, pertinent in answer; called for by the question: as, a party is not bound by an answer given by his own witness if it is not responsive to the question, but may have the irresponsive matter struck out.
    • n responsive An answer; a response; a reply.
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  • W. Edwards Deming
    W. Edwards Deming
    “Quality is everyone's responsibility.”
  • Richard Bach
    “The way to avoid responsibility is to say, I've got responsibilities.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.”
  • Stuart Briscoe
    Stuart Briscoe
    “If people concentrated on their responsibilities, others would have their rights.”
  • Les Brown
    “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
  • Les Brown
    “You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. resposif,


In literature:

This threw upon the governors and legislatures of the loyal States responsibilities of a kind wholly unprecedented.
"Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1" by Jacob Dolson Cox
I was only twenty-nine years old, and the responsibility of the undertaking that had been entrusted to me weighed on my mind.
"Under the Prophet in Utah" by Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins
Not anger but "divinest melancholy" was responsible, I knew, for my unconventional behavior.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The favourite butt of her mimicry was the parish clerk saying responses when he was sleepy.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
The big fellow leered at him scornfully, and without a word in response, went on calling his papers.
"The Bishop's Shadow" by I. T. Thurston
As Catherine's eyes caught it there was a quick response in the fine Madonna-like face.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Not only am I responsible to him, but He is responsible for me.
"The Conquest of Fear" by Basil King
They have assumed responsibilities which they cannot shirk.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Responses are being continually disintegrated, and elements, instead of the whole response, being bound to situations.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Who is responsible for such terrible prices?
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss

In poetry:

Untouch'd, the harp began to ring,
As softly, slowly, oped the door;
And shook responsive every string,
As light a footstep press'd the floor.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
I bow at the feet of my teacher Marpa.
And sing this song in response to you.
Listen, pay heed to what I say,
forget your critique for a while.
"Response To A Logician" by Jetsun Milarepa
I strike--but lo, the wonted thrill,
Of joy in sorrowing cadence dies:
Alas! the minstrel's hand is chill,
And the sad lute, responsive, sighs.
"Remembrance" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
The forest did his wants supply,
Content he was with nature's scheme;
For, fail'd the woods to satisfy,
There came response from lake or stream.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
Here, where thy playfulness oft drew
Responsive mirth from all around,
And its gay influence o'er us threw,
Long shall thy memory fresh be found.
"On the Death of Ellen Sharp - 1822" by Eliza Acton
"Since Enrick's fight, since Morna's death,
No more on me shall rapture rise,
Responsive to the panting breath,
Or yielding kiss, or melting eyes.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

In essence, the production of these autoantibodies reflects the immune response to a continuous remodelling of cells or tissues, which may be caused by a chronic disease process, Protagen says.
A small fire in a grain elavator was responsible for a response by Pekin Fire Department crews Monday night, according to an assistant fire chief.
PV360 variable-displacement, 360 cc/rev pump features a large servo piston for fast response.
See below for Conti's full response, the long and short of which is that Konev will not be permitted to vote via Skype tonight.
Responsibility for the first mistake made by an earthling on an extraterrestrial body.
John Williams gets Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's response to the Blagojevich sentencing.
Indeed, the outpouring in response to Sai Baba 's passing this weekend – from India's top politicians to pop icons – reflects just how much influence the traditional guru phenomenon still holds in modern middle-class India.
On Thursday, Nakoula Nakoula, the "film maker" responsible for the pathetic YouTube video clip which the Obama administration blames for violence across the Muslim world, was arrested for violating the terms of his probation.
Unlike animals, plants don't have a fight or flight response to handle threats from their environment.
These "wind baggers " will never stop promoting the big government advocates agenda emanating from the global warming scenario: manmade carbon-based fossil fuels usage responsible for climate change must be stopped.
Sheila Bair of the FDIC is at the forefront of America's response to the financial crisis.
We are a nation of bloggers, a chattering class of more than 20 million, pecking away, yearning to be heard, craving a response.
If you pay to clean up a toxic mess, can you use the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to make another responsible party contribute to the cost.
Turning Technologies, a provider of student response solutions, adds Ithaca College to its list of institutions to standardize support around the company's student response solutions.
What are a driver's responsibilities after hitting an animal, such as a deer or cow, and are the responsibilities any different if it is a pet, such as a dog or cat.

In science:

Moreover it was relatively soon realized that although the magnetic response of a single ring or dot can be dominated by terms for which the interactions are irrelevant, the dominant non-interacting contribution to the magnetic response was varying very rapidly with the size or chemical potential of the system.
Many-Body Physics and Quantum Chaos
Observations suggest that the Lorentz factor particles responsible for the 74 MHz emission are entirely co-spatial with those responsible for the 1.4 GHz emission.
Radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars: one population, different epochs of observation
Hereafter we will generically refer to the condition or clinical outcome as the response for each array, and the association between expression and response as differential expression (DE).
A statistical framework for testing functional categories in microarray data
By permuting the column vectors of X, or equivalently the response vector y, an empirical null distribution is achieved in which there is no association between gene expression and the response.
A statistical framework for testing functional categories in microarray data
In this methods, frequency responses are estimated from the collected input-output data. Then, the parameters of a linear model capturing the key vehicle dynamics are identified by tuning them to fit the estimated frequency responses.
Automated Flight Test and System Identification for Rotary Wing Small Aerial Platform using Frequency Responses Analysis