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
"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, 1915I 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, 1901He 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?
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Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2022 Ellis also said that false rhetoric and anti-LGBTQ legislation is responsible for attacks like this one on the community.
Matthew Mulligan, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 Clearly, learning that his partner was responsible for his brother's death would be a lot to take in, but the pair has already handled so much — from Ben injuring Jen while drunk driving to Judy’s untimely death.
Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 21 Nov. 2022 Musk has fired many of the company’s 7,500 full-time workers and an untold number of contractors who are responsible for content moderation and other crucial responsibilities.
Alex Veiga, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022 Musk has fired many of the company’s 7,500 full-time workers and an untold number of contractors who are responsible for content moderation and other crucial responsibilities.Time, 20 Nov. 2022 No rules govern who is responsible for cleanup — or space-debris mitigation, as it is called — but Japan intends to play a key role in their development.
Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2022 In all, methane is responsible for almost a third of the 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) that global temperatures have risen since the industrial era.
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Anglo-French responsable, from respuns — see response