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respondent

noun [C] uk   /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. 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.
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