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RESPONSIBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does responsible mean? 

RESPONSIBLE (adjective)
  The adjective RESPONSIBLE has 3 senses:

1. worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
2. being the agent or cause
3. having an acceptable credit rating

  Familiarity information: RESPONSIBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESPONSIBLE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

Context examples:

a responsible adult / responsible journalism / a responsible position / the captain is responsible for the ship's safety / the cabinet is responsible to the parliament

Similar:

trustworthy (taking responsibility for one's conduct and obligations)

liable (held legally responsible)

amenable (liable to answer to a higher authority)

answerable (morally or legally responsible to a higher authority)

accountable (liable to account for one's actions)

Also:

prudent (careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment)

obligated (caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course)

trustworthy; trusty (worthy of trust or belief)

Attribute:

responsibility; responsibleness (a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct)

Antonym:

irresponsible (showing lack of care for consequences)


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Meaning:

Being the agent or cause

Synonyms:

responsible for; responsible

Context examples:

determined who was the responsible party / termites were responsible for the damage

Similar:

causative (producing an effect)


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Meaning:

Having an acceptable credit rating

Synonyms:

creditworthy; responsible

Context example:

a responsible borrower

Similar:

trustworthy; trusty (worthy of trust or belief)


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