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rēsponsĭo , ōnis, f. respondeo.
1. An answer, reply; a refutation (rare but class.; “syn. responsum): in quo erat accusatoris interpretatio indigna responsione,Cic. Balb. 16, 36; Gell. 12, 12, 1: “responsio mollis frangit iram,Vulg. Prov. 15, 1.— In plur., Plaut. Most. 3, 1, 63.—
2. In rhet.: sibi ipsi responsio, a replying to one's own argument, Cic. de Or. 3, 54, 207; Quint. 9, 1, 35; 9, 3, 90 (cf.: “ut quasi ad interrogata sibi ipse respondeat,Cic. Or. 40, 137).
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