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
Kupchak, along with Coach Phil Jackson, was largely responsible for assembling the Lakers teams that won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy, which is responsible for granting and regulating concessions for limestone quarrying, declined to comment.
Iran has also been held responsible by the United States for several terror attacks, most decades ago.
In this case, Mr. Giuliani added, Mr. Trump had simply acted as any responsible American businessman would to save money for his enterprises.
For many of these differences, genes are responsible.
Officials announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
Thunder was often responsible for the game’s few highlights.
Some analysts doubted the Turkish claim that the Y.P.G was responsible.
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Origin and Etymology of responsible
Anglo-French responsable, from respuns —see response
First Known Use: 1643
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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