Definition of responsible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspɒnsəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɑːnsəbl//
    Job skills and personal qualities
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    having job/duty
  1. 1  having the job or duty of doing something or taking care of somebody/something, so that you may be blamed if something goes wrong responsible (for doing something) Mike is responsible for designing the entire project. responsible (for somebody/something) Even where parents no longer live together, they each continue to be responsible for their children.
  2. causing something
  3. 2  responsible (for something) being able to be blamed for something Who's responsible for this mess? Everything will be done to bring those responsible to justice. He is mentally ill and cannot be held responsible for his actions.
  4. 3  responsible (for something) being the cause of something Cigarette smoking is responsible for about 90% of deaths from lung cancer.
  5. to somebody in authority
  6. 4  responsible to somebody/something having to report to somebody/something with authority or in a higher position and explain to them what you have done The Council of Ministers is responsible to the Assembly.
  7. reliable
  8. 5  (of people or their actions or behaviour) that you can trust and rely on synonym conscientious Clare has a mature and responsible attitude to work. opposite irresponsible See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  9. job
  10. 6  [usually before noun] needing somebody who can be trusted and relied on; involving important duties a responsible job/position
  11. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘answering to, corresponding’): from obsolete French responsible, from Latin respons- ‘answered, offered in return’, from the verb respondere, from re- ‘again’ + spondere ‘to pledge’.Extra examples All members of the Cabinet are collectively responsible for decisions taken. Both parents are equally responsible for raising the children. Did he think her somehow responsible for Eddie’s death? He was almost single-handedly responsible for the flourishing drug trade in the town. I am making you responsible for the cooking. I’m leaving you responsible for Juliet’s protection. In California you have to be 21 to be considered responsible enough to drink. It’s been one of the factors chiefly responsible for improved public health. No single pathogen seems wholly responsible for the disease. Resources must be allocated in a morally responsible way. The board is ultimately responsible for policy decisions. The company could not indicate a person even nominally responsible for staff training. The organization needs to become more environmentally responsible. The prime minister is directly responsible to Parliament. They are not very responsible with money. They held him responsible for the failure of the policy. They’re responsible for cleaning the engine. Thompson is directly responsible for all aspects of the business unit. We are all equally responsible for its success. Who was responsible for the mistake? a complex web of party bodies ultimately responsible to the Central Committee if you’re solely responsible for your family’s welfare the person nominally responsible for staff training their efforts to make the industry more responsible and responsive to concerns I believe the press to be partly responsible for the recent rise in racist attacks. She was very distressed at the time and cannot be held responsible for her actions. Smoking is responsible for over 90% of deaths from lung cancer. The commander was personally responsible for ordering the attack on the village. Who’s responsible for all this mess?
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