Definition of Responsible

1. Adjective. Worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable. "The cabinet is responsible to the parliament"

2. Adjective. Being the agent or cause. "Termites were responsible for the damage"
Exact synonyms: Responsible For
Similar to: Causative

3. Adjective. Having an acceptable credit rating. "A responsible borrower"
Exact synonyms: Creditworthy
Similar to: Trustworthy, Trusty
Derivative terms: Creditworthiness, Responsibleness

Definition of Responsible

1. a. Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable; as, a guardian is responsible to the court for his conduct in the office.

Definition of Responsible

1. Adjective. Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically. ¹

2. Adjective. Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct. ¹

3. Adjective. Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned. ¹

4. Adjective. Being a primary cause or agent of some event or action; capable of being credited for something, or of being held liable for something. ¹

5. Adjective. Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy. ¹

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Definition of Responsible

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Responsible

response generalisation
response hierarchy
response rate
response time
response times
responsible (current term)
responsible for(p)
responsible trading

Literary usage of Responsible

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"Durham pledged himself that the adoption of his system of responsible government and of ... For the time Durham's doctrine of " responsible government" was ..."

2. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"3.5 Sub-national authorities responsible for environmental regulation England and Wales The Environment Agency is responsible for environmental regulation ..."

3. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1887)
"(e) Strikes, Riots, and Mobs—In the earliest cases in which the question arose as to how far a carrier was responsible, where the delay occurred ..."

4. Food Safety: Overview of Federal and State Expenditures by Lawrence J. Dyckman, Keith Oleson (2001)
"... endix V: Responses to GAO's Survey of e Agencies responsible for Food Safety ... Central Accounting Office Survey of State Agencies responsible for Food ..."

5. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews by OECD., Lorents G. (FRW) Lorentsen, OECD Staff (2004)
"1.2 responsible institutions At national level, three ministries share responsibility for policy formulation related to environmental health: Health and ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Railroads by Horace Gay Wood (1885)
"A railroad company is not required, under all circumstances, to make use only of the safest known appliances and instruments, and to be held responsible for ..."

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