respondent

(noun) Any individual that answers questions during an interview or replies to a survey.

Examples:

  1. Citizens responding to an annual census.
  2. Students filling out course evaluations at the end of a semester.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: respondents
  • A type of ascribed status and individual.
  • The term respondent and informant are often used interchangeably; however they are separate terms. Respondent connotes quantitative research and informant connotes qualitative research.
  • A respondent (verb) responds to questions and is a (noun) responder.

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Works Consulted

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How to Cite the Definition of Respondent

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “respondent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

respondent. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “respondent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“respondent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/>.