responsible

  • 1 responsible — re‧spon‧si‧ble [rɪˈspɒnsbl ǁ rɪˈspɑːn ] adjective 1. be responsible for something to be officially in charge of something as part of your job, meaning you must accept the blame if something goes wrong: • Partners are officially responsible for… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 responsible — responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable can all mean subject to an authority which may exact redress in case of default. Responsible, answerable, and accountable are very close, all meaning capable of being called upon to answer or …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 responsible — re·spon·si·ble adj 1 a: 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… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 responsible — [ri spän′sə bəl] adj. [MFr < L responsus: see RESPONSE] 1. expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable 2. involving accountability, obligation, or duties [a responsible position] 3. that can be charged… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Responsible — Re*spon si*ble (r?*sp?n s?*b l), a. [Cf. F. responsable. See {Respond}.] 1. 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. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 responsible — 1590s, answerable (to another, for something), from Fr. responsible, from L. responsus, pp. of respondere to respond (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Meaning morally accountable for one s actions is attested from 1836. Retains the sense of obligation …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 responsible — [adj1] accountable, in charge answerable, at fault, at the helm, authoritative, bonded, bound, bound to, carrying the load, censurable, chargeable, compelled, constrained, contracted, culpable, decision making, devolving on, duty bound, engaged,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 responsible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone. 2) being the cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. 3) morally accountable for one s behaviour. 4) capable of being trusted …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 responsible — is spelt ible, not able. See able, ible …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 responsible — re|spon|si|ble W2S2 [rıˈspɔnsıbəl US rıˈspa:n ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(guilty)¦ 2¦(in charge of)¦ 3¦(sensible)¦ 4¦(cause)¦ 5 responsible job/position 6 be responsible to somebody ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(GUILTY)¦ [not before noun] if someone is responsible for an… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 responsible — adj. 1 having the job/duty of doing sth VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ make sb ▪ I am making you responsible for the cooking …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 responsible */*/*/ — UK [rɪˈspɒnsəb(ə)l] / US [rɪˈspɑnsəb(ə)l] adjective Get it right: responsible: Don t use the preposition of after the adjective responsible. Use for: Wrong: Parents must be responsible of their children s behaviour. Right: Parents must be… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 responsible — re|spon|si|ble [ rı spansəbl ] adjective *** 1. ) never before noun deserving to be blamed for something that has happened: Parents feel responsible when things go wrong. hold someone responsible (for something): The farmer was held responsible… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 responsible — [[t]rɪspɒ̱nsɪb(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ: v link ADJ, usu ADJ for n/ ing If someone or something is responsible for a particular event or situation, they are the cause of it or they can be blamed for it. He still felt responsible for her death... I want …

    English dictionary

  • 15 responsible — adjective 1 GUILTY (not before noun) if someone is responsible for an accident, mistake, crime etc, it is their fault or they can be blamed (+ for): The police arrested those responsible for the burglaries. | When he loses his temper, he isn t… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 responsible — adjective 1) who is responsible for the prisons? Syn: in charge of, in control of, at the helm of, accountable for, liable for 2) if an error s been made, I m the one who s responsible Syn: accountable, answerable, to blame, guilty …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 responsible*/*/*/ — [rɪˈspɒnsəb(ə)l] adj 1) if you are responsible for something that has happened, you caused it, or you deserve to be blamed for it Parents feel responsible when things go wrong.[/ex] He was responsible for the accident.[/ex] The farmer was held… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 responsible — adjective Etymology: Anglo French responsable, from respuns Date: 1643 1. a. liable to be called on to answer b. (1) liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent < a committee responsible for the job > (2) being the cause …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 responsible — adj. responsible for; to (politicians are responsible to the voters; people are responsible for their actions) * * * [rɪ spɒnsəb(ə)l] to (politicians are responsible to the voters; people are responsible for their actions) responsible for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 responsible — responsibleness, n. responsibly, adv. /ri spon seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. answerable or accountable, as for something within one s power, control, or management (often fol. by to or for): He is responsible to the president for his decisions. 2.… …

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