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
The rules aim to make schools financially responsible for fraud and forbid them from forcing students to resolve complaints outside court.
The event is free, but those who choose to order breakfast are responsible for the cost.
In reality, Medicaid may be fueling the problem and may be largely responsible for starting the epidemic in the first place.
Under the new management agreement, the UG is responsible for paying property taxes on the stadium parking lot ($119,000 a year) and common area maintenance charges ($25,000 a year).
The ultra-Orthodox religious establishment sees itself as responsible for maintaining traditions through centuries of persecution and assimilation.
Along with drought, these pests have been responsible for killing everything from citrus crops to tens of thousands of trees in places such as the Cleveland National Forest.
And cheers to your longtime stylist Law Roach, who’s been responsible for all this greatness (and most recently also styled Zendaya for the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere).
So naturally, when Charlotte died, Alex took it pretty hard—and wanted to know who was responsible.
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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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