Definition of responsible
1a : liable to be called on to answerb (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 accidentc : liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties
2a : able to answer for one's conduct and obligations : trustworthyb : able to choose for oneself between right and wrong
3 : marked by or involving responsibility or accountability responsible financial policies
responsiblyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of responsible in a Sentence
“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?
Recent Examples of responsible from the Web
Although Sculpteo is responsible for printing the cars, being able to customise its design gives fans greater control.
So Chuza would have been responsible for a massive amount of wealth, which would have brought him a massive amount of wealth.
This is a woman who has a very responsible job, but is choosing (in my opinion) to defile her body.
According to UNAMA, the Taliban contributed to 43 percent of civilian casualties caused by anti-government forces, while ISIS was responsible for just 5 percent.
It's not known if the same suspects are responsible for a similar spate of damage in the adjoining High Meadow neighborhood, where at least 14 mailboxes were ruined or damaged June 25 and 26.
The county is responsible for maintaining 126 bridges and the increase to 2 cents brings the levy up to the state average.
And all of these people—Veselnitskaya, Katsyv fils and père, Yakunin and Putin—presumably hate the Magnitsky Act, the U.S. measure that punishes Russian officials responsible for the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Get your grill going at medium, oil the grate like a responsible human.
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Synonym Discussion of responsible
RESPONSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of responsible for English Language Learners
: 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
RESPONSIBLE Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of responsible
1a : liable to be called on to answer b : liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent c : liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties
2 : characterized by trustworthiness, integrity, and requisite abilities and resources awarded the contract to the lowest responsible bidder
3 : able to choose for oneself between right and wrong
4 : marked by or involving accountability a responsible office
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