What does responsible mean?

Definitions for responsiblerɪˈspɒn sə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word responsible.

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"


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsible in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of responsible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Susantha Goonatilake:

    The Church is legally responsible.

  2. Bonnie Herzog:

    It's responsible and it's realistic.

  3. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    He who knows more is more responsible.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.

  5. Francisco El Caudillo Franco:

    I am responsible only to God and history.

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