Meaning of “respondent” in the English Dictionary

"respondent" in British English

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respondentnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈspɒn.dənt/ us /rɪˈspɑːn.dənt/ 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.

(Definition of “respondent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"respondent" in American English

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respondentnoun [ C ]


someone who responds to a question or offer:

Most respondents in the survey voiced an unfavorable attitude toward the policy.

In the legal system, a responent is the person against whom a case is brought.

(Definition of “respondent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"respondent" in Business English

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respondentnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈspɒndənt/ us

MARKETING a person who answers questions about a product or service:

Respondents rated the company as creative, smart, and technically able.

LAW the person who is accused of something in a legal case:

The court's general policy is to impose costs on the respondent.

(Definition of “respondent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)