responsible[ri spän′sə bəl]
- The definition of responsible is being the person thing that caused something to happen.
An example of responsible is the driver who ran a red light in an accident.
- Responsible is defined as making good decisions and caring for others.
An example of responsible is the type of person who you trust to watch your child.
This woman is responsible for the care of this child.
- expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable
- involving accountability, obligation, or duties: a responsible position
- that can be charged with being the cause, agent, or source of something: the moisture that is responsible for the rust
- able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally, and hence accountable for one's behavior
- readily assuming obligations, duties, etc.; dependable; reliable
- able to pay debts or meet business obligations
Origin of responsibleMiddle French ; from Classical Latin responsus: see response
- a. Liable to be required to give account, as of one's actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust: Who is responsible while their parents are away?b. Required to render account; answerable: The cabinet is responsible to the parliament.
- Involving important duties, the supervision of others, or the ability to make decisions with little supervision: a responsible position within the firm.
- Being a source or cause: Viruses are responsible for many diseases.
- a. Able to make moral or rational decisions on one's own and therefore answerable for one's behavior: At what age does a person become responsible?b. Able to be trusted or depended upon; trustworthy or reliable: a responsible art dealer.
- Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking: responsible journalism.
Origin of responsibleObsolete French, corresponding to, from Latin respōnsus, past participle of respondēre, to respond; see respond.
(comparative more responsible, superlative most responsible)
- Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.
- Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.
- Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.
- Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.
- She has a responsible position in the firm.
- 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?
- Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.
- He looks like a responsible guy.