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{adj: favorable, favourable} encouraging or approving or pleasing
"a favorable reply"
"he received a favorable rating"
"listened with a favorable ear"
"made a favorable impression"
<-> unfavorable

{adj: inconclusive} not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question
"an inconclusive reply"
"inconclusive evidence"
"the inconclusive committee vote"
<-> conclusive

{adj: on time, prompt} according to schedule or without delay
"they were always on time"
"a prompt reply"

{adj: pat} exactly suited to the occasion
"a pat reply"

{adj: politic} marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness
"it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"
"a politic decision"
"a politic manager"
"a politic old scoundrel"
"a shrewd and politic reply"
<-> impolitic

{adj: rhetorical} concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking
"a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect (especially to make an assertion) rather than to elicit a reply"
<-> unrhetorical

{adj: submissive} inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
"submissive servants"
"a submissive reply"
"replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"
<-> domineering

{n: affirmative} a reply of affirmation
"he answered in the affirmative"
<-> negative

{n: answer, reply, response} 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: answer} the speech act of replying to a question
<-> question

{n: caption} taking exception; especially an quibble based on a captious argument
"a mere caption unworthy of a reply"

{n: conversation stopper, stopper} a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply

{n: crispness} a style of expression that is direct and to the point
"the crispness of his reply"

{n: non sequitur} a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

{n: question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence} a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
"he asked a direct question"
"he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"

{n: rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counter} a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
"it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

{n: replication} (law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer

{v: accept, consent, go for} give an affirmative reply to ; respond favorably to
"I cannot accept your invitation"
"I go for this resolution"
<-> refuse

{v: answer, reply, respond} reply or respond to
"She didn't want to answer"
"answer the question"
"We answered that we would accept the invitation"

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