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Definitions for responsible
rɪˈspɒn sə bəlre·spon·si·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. responsibleadjective

    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)adjective

    being the agent or cause

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

  3. creditworthy, responsibleadjective

    having an acceptable credit rating

    "a responsible borrower"


  1. responsibleadjective

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

    Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.

  2. responsibleadjective

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

  3. responsibleadjective

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

    She has a responsible position in the firm.

  4. responsibleadjective

    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. responsibleadjective

    Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.

    He looks like a responsible guy.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Responsibleadjective

    Etymology: from responsus, Lat.

    He as much satisfies the itch of telling news; he as much persuades his hearers; and all this while he has his retreat secure, and stands not responsible for the truth of his relations. Government of the Tongue.

    The necessity of a proportion of money to trade depends on money as a pledge, which writing cannot supply the place of; since the bill, I receive from one man, will not be accepted as security by another, he not knowing that the bill is legal, or that the man bound is honest or responsible. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Responsibleadjective

    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. Responsibleadjective

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

  3. Responsibleadjective

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

Editors Contribution

  1. responsible

    To be accountable or trusted to action or make a choice or decision.

    Our children are responsible at a very young age as we teach and educate them to be responsible people.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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

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  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

Examples of responsible in a Sentence

  1. Donald Meyer:

    They're responsible for the murder and shooting of my daughter and me, and now it's a big cover up, they're charging me with a felony for protecting my family?

  2. Dmitry Peskov:

    We hope that from the next Olympic cycle we will enter a normal full-fledged national participation regime. Russia has always been a very responsible member of the Olympic family and remains fully committed to the ideas of Olympism.

  3. Lisa Murkowski:

    You can have one election official, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to corrupt your entire state's process, you still have governors who are responsible to the people. You still have legislators who are responsible to the states that they serve, the districts they serve. It's incumbent upon all of us to make sure again our systems are sound and the people that have oversight of those systems are good, honest and fair and principled people.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible, we will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to deescalate tensions in the Gulf region.

  5. Tom Jones:

    It was the CNN brass itself that took the Cuomo situation too lightly in the first place.That lack of action and transparency is largely responsible for the credibility crisis now faced by CNN.

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