A respondent is a person who gives an answer. For example, on some Monday mornings, your teacher might feel like she is talking to the walls — although she asks questions, none of the sleepy students are willing respondents.

A respondent is a person who answers a question, letter, email message, survey, or anything else that requires a response. You can see the word respond, which means "answer or reply to" in respondent. If a poll reveals that bullying is the top concern regarding school safety, you know that many respondents checked the box marked "bullying."

Definitions of respondent
  1. adjective
    synonyms: answering
    readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
  2. noun
    someone who responds
    synonyms: answerer, responder
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    a person who assents
    equivocator, hedger, tergiversator
    a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
    a person who is interviewed
    examinee, testee
    someone who is tested (as by an intelligence test or an academic examination)
    a person who responds `I don't know' in a public opinion poll
    a student who passes an examination
    type of:
    a person who communicates with others
  3. noun
    the codefendant (especially in a divorce proceeding) who is accused of adultery with the corespondent
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    co-defendant, codefendant
    a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
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