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

Example: Citizens responding to an annual census or 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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