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



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Origin of responsible

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

SYNONYMS FOR responsible

OTHER WORDS FROM responsible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for responsibly

/ (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 forms of responsible

responsibleness, nounresponsibly, adverb

Word Origin for responsible

C16: from Latin rēsponsus, from rēspondēre to respond
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