Thesaurus

responsible

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of responsible

  1. 1 being the one who must meet an obligation or suffer the consequences for failing to do so the state laws hold pet owners responsible for any damage or injury done by improperly restrained animals Synonyms of responsible accountable, amenable, answerable, liable Words Related to responsible beholden, indebted, obligated, obliged Near Antonyms of responsible exempt, immune Antonyms of responsible irresponsible, nonaccountable, unaccountable

  2. 2 worthy of one's trust our regular babysitter is very responsible Synonyms of responsible calculable, good, reliable, dependable, safe, secure, solid, steady, sure, tried, tried-and-true, true, trustable, trustworthy, trustyWords Related to responsible constant, devoted, faithful, fast, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, true-blue; honest, sincere, single-minded; infallible, unerring; bedrock, firm, sound, strong; effective, telling; attested, authenticated, confirmed, proven, valid, validated, verified; blameless, faultless, guiltless, impeccable, inerrant, irreproachable, unimpeachable, unquestionableNear Antonyms of responsible disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, recreant, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue; deceitful, dishonest, lying, mendacious, untruthful; debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, fishy, problematic (also problematical), questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, uncertain, unsound; hazardous, risky; unconfirmed, untriedAntonyms of responsible dodgy [chiefly British], uncertain, undependable, unreliable, unsafe, untrustworthy

Synonym Discussion of responsible

responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable mean subject to being held to account. responsible implies holding a specific office, duty, or trust.
    • the bureau responsible for revenue collection
answerable suggests a relation between one having a moral or legal obligation and a court or other authority charged with oversight of its observance.
    • an intelligence agency answerable to Congress
accountable suggests imminence of retribution for unfulfilled trust or violated obligation.
    • elected officials are accountable to the voters
amenable and liable stress the fact of subjection to review, censure, or control by a designated authority under certain conditions.
    • laws are amenable to judicial review
    • not liable for the debts of the former spouse


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