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respondent Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the codefendant (especially in a divorce proceeding) who is accused of adultery with the corespondent
  2. noun someone who responds
    responder; answerer.
  3. adjective satellite replying
    • an answering glance
    • an answering smile

Re*spond"ent adjective
L. respondens, p. pr. of respondere.
  1. Disposed or expected to respond; answering; according; corresponding.
    Wealth respondent to payment and contributions. Bacon.
Re*spond"ent noun
Cf. F. répondant.
  1. One who responds. It corresponds in general to defendant. Specifically: (a) (Law) One who answers in certain suits or proceedings, generally those which are not according to the course of the common law, as in equity and admiralty causes, in petitions for partition, and the like; -- distinquished from appellant. (b) One who maintains a thesis in reply, and whose province it is to refute objections, or overthrow arguments; -- distinguished from opponent. I. Watts.

Webster 1913

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