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1. Law
a. a party's written reply to his opponent's interrogatories
b. (in divorce law) the respondent's written reply to the petition
2. a musical phrase that follows the subject of a fugue, reproducing it a fifth higher or a fourth lower
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and you answer that there are many kinds of bees, and I reply: But do bees differ as bees, because there are many and different kinds of them; or are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?
MENO: I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees.
SOCRATES: And so of the virtues, however many and different they may be, they have all a common nature which makes them virtues; and on this he who would answer the question, 'What is virtue?
for this sort of nonsense will not do for me,'--then obviously, that is your way of putting the question, no one can answer you.
But what if I give you an answer about justice other and better, he said, than any of these?
If that is your answer," Aynesworth said, "I will convey it to him
Lady Ruth," he said, "will you favor me with an answer to my message?
Go to your meekest little assistant instructor of sociology and ask him what is the difference between Rousseau's theory of the return to nature and the theory of socialism; ask your greatest orthodox bourgeois political economists and sociologists; question through the pages of every text-book written on the subject and stored on the shelves of your subsidized libraries; and from one and all the answer will be that there is nothing congruous between the return to nature and socialism.
This was my indictment, and I specifically and at length challenged you to answer it.
For a lawyer, you are the hardest man to keep to a point I ever saw," Ernest began his answer to the tirade.
Reginald," she said, "you are like the whirlwind - and how can I answer you in five minutes
I made no answer, but hurried on till I came to my huts.