Simple Definition of responsible
: having the job or duty of dealing with or taking care of something or someone
: able to be trusted to do what is right or to do the things that are expected or required
: involving important duties, decisions, etc., that you are trusted to do
Full Definition of responsible
1 a : liable to be called on to answer b (1) : liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent <a committee responsible for the job> (2) : being the cause or explanation <mechanical defects were responsible for the accident> c : liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties
2 a : able to answer for one's conduct and obligations : trustworthy b : able to choose for oneself between right and wrong
3 : marked by or involving responsibility or accountability <responsible financial policies>
Examples of responsible
“If you all die of typhoid I won't be responsible!” he snapped. “If you die of dullness, neither will I,” Helen echoed in her heart. —Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, 1915
I have long since ceased to cherish any spirit of bitterness against the Southern white people on account of the enslavement of my race. No one section of our country was wholly responsible for its introduction, and, besides, it was recognized and protected for years by the General Government. —Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, 1900, 1901
He resumed our walk with me, passing his hand into my arm. “Then when AM I going back?” I wore, in turning it over, my most responsible air. —Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, 1898
She is a very responsible worker.
Is he responsible enough to have a car?
Origin of responsible
Anglo-French responsable, from respuns (see response)
First Known Use: 1643
Synonym Discussion of responsible
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