from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Liable to be required to give account, as of one's actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust.
  • adj. Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority: a responsible position within the firm.
  • adj. Being a source or cause.
  • adj. Able to make moral or rational decisions on one's own and therefore answerable for one's behavior.
  • adj. Able to be trusted or depended upon; reliable.
  • adj. Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking: responsible journalism.
  • adj. Having the means to pay debts or fulfill obligations.
  • adj. Required to render account; answerable: The cabinet is responsible to the parliament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.
  • adj. Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.
  • adj. Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.
  • adj. Being a primary cause or agent of some event or action; capable of being credited for something, or of being held liable for something.
  • adj. Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable.
  • adj. Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise.
  • adj. Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Correspondent; answering; responsive.
  • Answerable, as for an act performed or for its consequences, or for a trust reposed or a debt; accountable; specifically, in ethics, in general, having such a mental or moral character as to be capable of knowing and observing the distinction of right from wrong in conduct, and therefore morally accountable for one's acts; in particular (with reference to a certain act), acting or having acted as a free agent, and with knowledge of the ethical character of the act or of its consequences.
  • Able to answer or respond to any reasonable claim or to what is expected; able to discharge an obligation, or having estate adequate to the payment of a debt.
  • Involving responsibility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being the agent or cause
  • adj. worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
  • adj. having an acceptable credit rating


Obsolete French, corresponding to, from Latin respōnsus, past participle of respondēre, to respond; see respond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French responsable, from Latin responsus, from respondere (Wiktionary)


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  • "The publisher actually ends up with a fairly small share of a game's recommended retail price," says Peter Stone, general manager of Konami UK, the label responsible for the epic Metal Gear Solid 4, rumoured to have cost $50m.

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  • Whether the video serves as a trailer for a full-length documentary feature are unknown, however, the posted 6-minute clip gives an interesting look into the label responsible for releases from bands like Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Radon and many more.

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  • The president promised the American people that the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would come to what he called a responsible end.

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  • But members of the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) held a prayer vigil for what they call responsible development at the giant building.

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  • LOTHIAN: But the president's plan to withdraw troops, which he calls responsible, will leave 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops still on the ground in Iraq to take on an advisory role, training Iraqi forces, supporting civilian operations and conducting counterterrorism missions, all of which could involve combat and getting killed, despite what the president announced.

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