Responsible meaning

rĭ-spŏnsə-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.

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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.

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Being a source or cause.

Viruses are responsible for many diseases.

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Able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally, and hence accountable for one's behavior.
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Involving accountability, obligation, or duties.

A responsible position.

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Involving important duties, the supervision of others, or the ability to make decisions with little supervision.

A responsible position within the firm.

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Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking.

Responsible journalism.

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Expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable.
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That can be charged with being the cause, agent, or source of something.

The moisture that is responsible for the rust.

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Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.

Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.

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Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.

She has a responsible position in the firm.

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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?

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He looks like a responsible guy.

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Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.
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Origin of responsible

  • Obsolete French corresponding to from Latin respōnsus past participle of respondēre to respond respond

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French responsable, from Latin responsus, from respondere

    From Wiktionary