responsible[ri spän′sə bəl]
- 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.
- 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.
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.