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  1. be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get drunk"; "their answer was to sue me" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the speech act of replying to a question Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. respond to a signal; "answer the door"; "answer the telephone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as, to answer a charge; to answer an accusation. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond to. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like; to refute. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To be or act in return or response to. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, demand; as, he answered my claim upon him; the servant answered the bell. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To render account to or for. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To atone; to be punished for. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To be opposite to; to face. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or sufficient for; to serve for; to repay. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation, or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a charge), or in reply; to make response. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To make a satisfactory response or return. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To render account, or to be responsible; to be accountable; to make amends; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money intrusted to his care. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To be or act in return. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment, reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose; as, gypsum answers as a manure on some soils. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To be opposite, or to act in opposition. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or sufficient; as, a very few will answer. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A reply to a change; a defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call, an argument, an address, or the like; a reply. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else; a responsive action. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as, the answer to a problem. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. A counter-statement of facts in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to the complainant's charges in his bill. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. A defendant's written response to a plaintiff's initial court filing (called a complaint or petition). An answer normally denies some or all facts asserted by the complaint, and sometimes seeks to turn the tables on the plaintiff by making allegations or charges against the plaintiff (called counterclaims). Normally a defendant has 30 days in which to file an answer after being served with the plaintiff's complaint. In some courts, an answer is simply called a "response."
  39. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; - usually with to. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. A response or rejoinder; a reply to a charge; a solution, as of a mathematical problem. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. To speak or write in reply to a question, request, letter, etc.; respond to an act; as, to answer the bell; to be accountable for; as, he had to answer for his sins; to reply to a charge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. To reply to: to satisfy or solve: to suit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  43. To reply: to be accountable for: to correspond. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  44. A reply: a solution. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. A reply; solution. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To reply to; satisfy; suit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. To reply; succeed; be accountable for; correspond. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. To speak or act in response to; acknowledge; reply; especially, to reply favorably; retaliate; controvert; solve, as a riddle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. To be sufficient for; correspond to; atone for; expiate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. To reply or respond; correspond; be sufficient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. To be responsible; atone. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. A reply or response; refutation; retaliation; solution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. A reply; an account to be rendered to justice; a solution. A written defence. To answer for, to be responsible for; to become answerable for. To answer to, to correspond; to accord. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  54. To reply to; to respond to; to refute; to atone for; to be sufficient for; to suit; to be opposite to; to solve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  55. To reply; to respond; to be suitable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To reply; to be accountable for; to suit. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. Something said in reply to a question. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  58. To be or act in conformity, or by way of accommodation, correspondence, relation, or proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; -- usually with to. mso.anu.edu.au
  59. In pleading. Any pleading setting up matters of fact by way of defense. In chancery pleading, the term denotes a defense in writing, made by a defendant to the allegations contained in a bill or information filed by the plaintiff against him. In pleading, under the Codes of Civil Procedure, the answer is the formal written statement made by a defendant setting forth the grounds of his defense; corresponding to what, in actions under the common-law practice, is called the "plea." In Massachusetts, the term denotes the statement of the matter intended to be relied upon by the defendant in avoidance of the plaintiff's action, taking the place of special pleas in bar, and the general issue, except in real and mixed actions. Pub. St. Mass. 1882, p. 12S7. In matrimonial suits in the (English) probate, divorce, and admiralty division, an answer is the pleading by which the respondent puts forward his defense to the petition. Browne, Div. 223. Under the old admiralty practice in England. the defendant's first pleading was called his "answer." Williams & B. Adm. Jtir. 246. In practice. A reply to interrogatories; an affidavit in answer to interrogatories. The declaration of a fact by a witness after a question has been put, asking for it. As a verb, the word denotes an assumption of liability, as to "answer" for the debt or default of another. thelawdictionary.org
  60. Pleading in equity. A defence in writing made by a defendant, to the charges contained in a bill or information, filed by the plaintiff against him in a court of equity. The word answer involves a double sense; it is one thing when it simply replies to a question, another when it meets a charge; the answer in equity includes both senses, and may be divided into an examination and a defence. In that part which consists of an examination, a direct andfull answer, or reply, must in general be given to every question asked. In that part which consists of a defence, the defendant must state his, case distinctly; but is not required to give information respecting the proofs that are to maintain it. Gresl . Eq. Ev. 19. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  61. As a defendant is called by a bill or information to make a discovery of the several cbarges it contains, he must do so, unless he is protected either by a demurrer a plea or disclaimer. It may be laid down as an invariable rule, that whatever part of a bill or information is not covered by one of these, must be defended by answer. Redesd. Tr. Ch. PI. 244. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  62. In form, it usually begins, 1st, with its title, specifying which of the defendants it is the answer of, and the names of the plaintiffs in the cause in which it is filed as answer; 2d, it reserves to the defendant all the advantages which might be taken by exception to the bill; 3d, the substance of the answer, according to the defendant's knowledge, remembrance, information and belief, then follows, in which the matter of the bill, with the interrogatories founded thereon, are answered, one after the other, together with such additional matter as the defendant thinks necessary to bring forward in his, defence, either for the purpose of qualifying, or adding to, the case made by the bill, or to state a new case on his own behalf; 4th, this is followed by a general traverse or denial of all unlawful combinations charged in the bill, and of all other matters therein contained 5th, the answer is always upon oath or affirmation, except in the case of a corporation, in which case it is under the corporate seal. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  63. In substance, the answer ought to contain, 1st, a statement of facts and not arguments 2d, a confession and avoidance, or traverse and denial of the material parts of the bill 3d, its language ought to be direct and without evasion. Vide generally as to answers, Redes. Tr. Ch. PI. 244 to 254; Coop. Pl. Eq. 312 to 327; Beames PI. Eq. 34 et seq.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t. For an historical account of this instrument, see 2 Bro. Civ. Law, 371, n. and Barton's Hist. Treatise of a Suit in Equity. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  64. Practice. The declaration of a fact by a witness after a question has been put asking for it. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  65. If a witness unexpectedly state facts against the interest of the party calling him, other witnesses may be called by the same party, to disprove those facts. But the party calling a witness cannot discredit him, by calling witnesses to prove his bad character for truth and veracity, or by proving that he has made statements out of court contrary to what he has sworn on the trial; B. N. P.; for the production of the witness is virtually an assertion by the party producing him, that he is credible. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  66. A reply to a charge; a defense. dictgcide_fs
  67. an's[.e]r, v.t. to reply to: to satisfy or solve: to repay: to suit: to suffer the consequences of.--v.i. to reply: to reply favourably: to act in conformity with, as 'to answer the helm:' to be accountable for (with for): to correspond: to be advantageous to: to turn out well.--n. a reply: a solution.--adj. AN'SWERABLE, able to be answered: accountable: suitable: equivalent: proportional (with to).--adv. AN'SWERABLY.--n. AN'SWERER.--adv. AN'SWERLESS. [A.S. andswar-ian--andswaru; and-, against, swerian, to swear.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  68. Reply; defence; solution; thing done in return. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  69. Reply, as a. me, my question, to me, to my question; a. to (acknowledge, have) the name of X; a. (summons to) the door; reply to (charge); be responsible (for person or thing); a. (correspond to, also a. to) my hopes, your description; a. (fulfil) my purpose; will not a. (do, succeed). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  70. n. Something said or written in return to a call, question, argument, address, or the like;—something done in return for, or in consequence of, something else;—the solution of a mathematical or arithmetical question. Cabinet Dictionary
  71. That which is said in return to a question, or position; a confutation of a charge. Complete Dictionary

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