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In general usage (and hopefully correct usage) a "notifier" is someone who notifies.

What is the word for the person who is notified?

For example: "Instruct each [X] to respond to the notification within 3 days."

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Using "notification recipient" or simply "recipient" gets you close. – orokusaki Dec 6 '13 at 16:08
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While I expect that you're looking for something like notifiee, I'm not aware of any such word that would have that exact meaning. That being said, there are several good options that could work:

In the general case, (though these may overuse the notify root for your taste):

Instruct each of the notified to respond...

Instruct each notified individual to respond...

If the notification is a written message that they received.

Instruct each recipient to respond...

If the notification is some sort of pop-up in a program

Instruct each user to respond...

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+1 - you could also use a noun that is specific to the situation, e.g. 'instruct each resident', 'instruct each student', etc., depending on who the people are. But if you want something more generic I don't think you'll get anything better than Dusty's suggestions. – gpr Feb 28 '11 at 21:59
I'd just go with the generic 'recipient' – HorusKol Feb 28 '11 at 22:46

If those that are notified had to subscribe (e.g. to a mailing list) to receive the notifications, then you can call them subscribers.

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I know this question is old and you've already accepted another answer, but for the sake of those like me who come after, the word you were looking for is notificant.

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This word is not in any dictionary I have access to here (on my phone, so no OED, etc.), and it sounds like it should mean the person notifying someone, not the person notified. Moreover, all Google hits refer to an app called Notificant. In other words: does this word even exist? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 15 '13 at 17:07
It's not at Dictionary.com: dictionary.reference.com/browse/…. @siemova I like the word, but it's certainly not in general usage. – Craig Walker Oct 15 '13 at 18:33

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