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responsible

Line breaks: re|spon|sible
Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɒnsɪb(ə)l
 
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Definition of responsible in English:

adjective

1 [predicative] Having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role: the cabinet minister responsible for Education
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  • The engineers responsible for control systems care about around-the-clock reliability.
  • Acute care nurse practitioners are responsible for routine management of patients in the step-down units.
  • The general practitioner provided the nurse specialist with a workplace in the practice and was ultimately responsible for patients' care.
Synonyms
in charge of, in control of, at the helm of, accountable for, liable for, charged with;
(be responsible for)manage, oversee, superintend, supervise, conduct, run, look after, organize, produce, see to
1.1 (responsible to) Having to report to (a superior) and be answerable to them for one’s actions: the Prime Minister and cabinet are responsible to Parliament
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  • The staff at various levels would be responsible to and report to the governing board.
  • The Cabinet would be responsible to the President, but answerable to Parliament.
  • Or do they help ensure that our representatives are responsible to the people who elected them?
Synonyms
answerable, accountable;
supervised by, managed by
2Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it: Gooch was responsible for 198 of his side’s 542 runs
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  • We must do all we can to bring back a system where the person who is primarily responsible for his own misfortune must bear the full blame for that misfortune.
  • According to them, the people blaming them are actually responsible for the stream's present condition.
  • Several former bank directors and owners found responsible for misusing credits have also been prosecuted.
Synonyms
accountable, answerable, to blame;
behind, at the bottom of, guilty of, culpable of;
2.1Morally accountable for one’s behaviour: the progressive emergence of the child as a responsible being
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  • The law holds that such blame and censure are only appropriate if the offender was morally responsible for his behaviour.
  • They called instead for a morally serious art, which would teach responsible behaviour by example.
  • Western culture is based on an idea of an integrated, coherent, solid-state self and on the related idea that we are all equally morally responsible.
3(Of a job or position) involving important duties, independent decision-making, or control over others: she had risen rapidly to a high and responsible position in the civil service
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  • But more surprising is the number of independent people wanting to take on such a responsible position.
  • He was a highly respected attorney who held a number of responsible positions in city and county governments.
  • But what about the poor driver, with no better accommodation, despite his responsible job?
Synonyms
important, powerful, authoritative, executive, decision-making, high
3.1Capable of being trusted: a responsible adult
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  • He also agreed that the head nurse in obstetrics was a highly capable, responsible, and conscientious nurse.
  • Fireworks should be completely avoided, although if people did insist on using them, it should only be by a reliable and responsible adult.
  • Even if the ice is considered safe, a responsible adult should always supervise children playing on or near ice.
Synonyms
trustworthy, capable of being trusted, trusty, level-headed, rational, sane, reasonable, sensible, sound, stable, mature, adult;
reliable, dependable, conscientious

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'answering to, corresponding'): from obsolete French responsible, from Latin respons- 'answered, offered in return', from the verb respondere (see respond).

Derivatives

responsibleness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • That aside, the responsibleness the council has shown would be required of it under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2002, which other speakers have talked about, too.
  • He could be distant, private, sensitive, fiery, but he was a man also governed by impressive kindness and responsibleness.
  • In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness.

responsibly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • They need to realise that technology is a boon if only used responsibly.
  • It also appeals for people to be vigilant and try to prevent any outbreak of fire by acting responsibly and reporting any fires they may see.
  • They paid believing that their federal government would use their money wisely and responsibly.

Words that rhyme with responsible

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