- answer :
[ n ] a nonverbal reaction ; " his answer to any problem was to get drunk "; " their answer was to sue me "
[ n ] 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
[ n ] 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 "
[ n ] 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 "
[ n ] the speech act of replying to a question
[ v ] understand the meaning of ; " The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered "
[ v ] give the correct answer or solution to ; " answer a question "; " answer the riddle "
[ v ] react to a stimulus or command ; " The steering of my new car answers to the slightest touch "
[ v ] respond to a signal ; " answer the door "; " answer the telephone "
[ v ] give a defence or refutation of ( a charge ) or in ( an argument ); " The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution "
[ v ] reply or respond to ; " She didn ' t want to answer "; " answer the question "; " We answered that we would accept the invitation "
[ v ] be satisfactory for ; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of ; " This may answer her needs "
[ v ] match or correspond ; " The drawing of the suspect answers to the description the victim gave "
[ v ] 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 "
[ v ] be liable or accountable ; " She must answer for her actions "
- answer for:
[ v ] furnish a justifying analysis or explanation ; " I can ' t account for the missing money "
- evasive answer :
[ n ] ( law ) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint