Definitions for responsiblerɪˈspɒn sə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•spon•si•blerɪˈspɒn sə bəl(adj.)

  1. accountable, as for something within one's power.

  2. involving responsibility:

    a responsible position.

  3. chargeable with being the source or occasion of something (usu. fol. by for).

  4. having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable:

    a defendant not responsible for his actions.

  5. able to discharge obligations or pay debts.

  6. reliable or dependable, as in conducting one's affairs.

Origin of responsible:

1590–1600; < L respōns(us) (see response ) + -ible


Princeton's WordNet

  1. responsible(adj)

    worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

    "a responsible adult"; "responsible journalism"; "a responsible position"; "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety"; "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"

  2. responsible, responsible for(p)(adj)

    being the agent or cause

    "determined who was the responsible party"; "termites were responsible for the damage"

  3. creditworthy, responsible(adj)

    having an acceptable credit rating

    "a responsible borrower"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. responsible(adjective)ɪˈspɒn sə bəl

    ≠ irresponsible

    a responsible dog owner; Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.; If we leave you in the house, can we trust you to be responsible?

  2. responsibleɪˈspɒn sə bəl

    deserving blame

    Who's responsible for our failing schools?; I feel responsible, even though I did nothing wrong.

  3. responsibleɪˈspɒn sə bəl

    to say that sb deserves blame

    I refuse to be held responsible for something I didn't do.

  4. responsibleɪˈspɒn sə bəl

    in charge of

    Each leader will be responsible for five children.; Who is responsible for ordering the food?


  1. responsible(Adjective)

    Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.

    Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.

  2. responsible(Adjective)

    Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.

  3. responsible(Adjective)

    Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.

    She has a responsible position in the firm.

  4. responsible(Adjective)

    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. responsible(Adjective)

    Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.

    He looks like a responsible guy.

  6. Origin: From responsable, from responsus, from respondere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Responsible(adj)

    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. Responsible(adj)

    able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, to have a responsible man for surety

  3. Responsible(adj)

    involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, a responsible office

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1062

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1492

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'responsible' in Adjectives Frequency: #133

Translations for responsible

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having a duty to see that something is done etc

We'll make one person responsible for buying the food for the trip.

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