Responsible Definition

rĭ-spŏnsə-bəl
adjective
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?
American Heritage
Expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable.
Webster's New World
Involving accountability, obligation, or duties.
A responsible position.
Webster's New World
That can be charged with being the cause, agent, or source of something.
The moisture that is responsible for the rust.
Webster's New World
Able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally, and hence accountable for one's behavior.
Webster's New World
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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

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