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Meaning of responsible by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French responsable, from Latin responsus, from respondere


    • IPA: /ɹɪˈspɑnsəbəl/


    responsible ( comparative more responsible, superlative most responsible )

    1. Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically .
      Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour .
    2. Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct .
    3. Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned .
      She has a responsible position in the firm .
    4. Being a primary cause or agent of some event or action; capable of being credited for something, or of being held liable for something .
      Who is responsible for this mess?
    5. Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy .
      He looks like a responsible guy .


    See also

    • responsible in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • responsible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of responsible by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being the agent or cause

    2. determined who was the responsible party
      termites were responsible for the damage
    3. worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust

    4. a responsible adult
      responsible journalism
      a responsible position
      the captain is responsible for the ship's safety
      the cabinet is responsible to the parliament
    5. having an acceptable credit rating

    6. a responsible borrower

    Definition of responsible by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Responsible ( r?sp?ns?b'l ), a. [Cf. F. responsable. See Respond.]
      1. Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable; as, “a guardian is responsible to the court for his conduct in the office”.

      2. Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, “to have a responsible man for surety”.

      3. Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, “a responsible office”.

      Syn. -- Accountable; answerable; amenable.

      -- Responsibleness, n. -- Responsibly, adv.