[ ri-spon-suh-buhl ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə bəl /


Origin of responsible

1590–1600; < Latin respōns(us) (see response) + -ible
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British Dictionary definitions for responsibleness


/ (rɪˈspɒnsəbəl) /


(postpositive usually foll by for) having control or authority (over)
(postpositive foll by to) being accountable for one's actions and decisions (to)to be responsible to one's commanding officer
(of a position, duty, etc) involving decision and accountability
(often foll by for) being the agent or cause (of some action)to be responsible for a mistake
able to take rational decisions without supervision; accountable for one's own actionsa responsible adult
able to meet financial obligations; of sound credit
Derived Formsresponsibleness, nounresponsibly, adverb

Word Origin for responsible

C16: from Latin rēsponsus, from rēspondēre to respond
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Word Origin and History for responsibleness



1590s, "answerable" (to another, for something), from obsolete French responsible (13c., Modern French responsable, as if from Latin *responsabilis), from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere "to respond" (see respond). Meaning "accountable for one's actions" is attested from 1640s; that of "reliable, trustworthy" is from 1690s. Retains the sense of "obligation" in the Latin root word. Related: Responsibly.

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