[ ri-spon-suh-buhl ]
/ rɪˈspɒn sə bəl /
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answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management (often followed by to or for): He is responsible to the president for his decisions.
involving accountability or responsibility, as in having the power to control or manage: promoted to a responsible position in the firm.
chargeable with being the author, cause, or occasion of something (usually followed by for): Termites were responsible for the damage.
having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action: The defendant is not responsible for his actions.
able to discharge obligations or pay debts.
reliable or dependable, as in meeting debts, conducting business dealings, etc.
(of a government, member of a government, government agency, or the like) answerable to or serving at the discretion of an elected legislature or the electorate.
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OTHER WORDS FROM responsible
re·spon·si·ble·ness, nounre·spon·si·bly, adverbin·ter·re·spon·si·ble, adjectivenon·re·spon·si·ble, adjective
non·re·spon·si·ble·ness, nounnon·re·spon·si·bly, adverbpre·re·spon·si·ble, adjectivequa·si-re·spon·si·ble, adjectivequa·si-re·spon·si·bly, adverbsu·per·re·spon·si·ble, adjectivesu·per·re·spon·si·ble·ness, nounsu·per·re·spon·si·bly, adverbun·re·spon·si·ble, adjectiveun·re·spon·si·ble·ness, nounun·re·spon·si·bly, adverb
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How to use responsible in a sentence
It struck me as a very unresponsible thing to print, and I wanted to be able to convince Hudkins of that fact.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for responsible
/ (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 responsibleresponsibleness, nounresponsibly, adverb
Word Origin for responsible
C16: from Latin rēsponsus, from rēspondēre to respond
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