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English definition of “respondent”

respondent

noun [C]     /rɪˈspɒn.dənt/ US  /-ˈspɑːn-/ specialized
social science a person who answers a request for information : In a recent opinion poll , a majority of respondents were against nuclear weapons .Answering and responding law in a court case , the person who a petition (= a formal letter to the court asking for a particular action ) is made against, especially in a divorce case : She divorced the respondent on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour . → Compare co-respondentPeople appearing in court
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