Adjective "responsible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one's job or role.
  1. 'Others see women's values more as learned skills, as women are almost always those responsible for the care of children, health and community.'
  2. 'The general practitioner provided the nurse specialist with a workplace in the practice and was ultimately responsible for patients' care.'
  3. 'Nurses have become directly responsible for rationing care.'
  4. 'Older children are responsible for the care of younger children.'
  5. 'Mothers are ultimately responsible for the care and raising of children.'
  6. 'He was responsible for the care of four churches in the area and had a congregation numbering more than 100.'
  7. 'They had been worried after one doctor altered Thomas's treatment without consulting a junior colleague responsible for his care.'
  8. 'Mothers are responsible for the care of young children, and older daughters take an active part in raising their siblings.'
  9. 'Stonehenge still exerts a powerful fascination over people, but on none more than the officials of English Heritage, who are responsible for its care.'
  10. 'The custom is that the eldest brother inherits the largest share of the property and is responsible for taking care of the parents and ancestors.'
  11. 'the Prime Minister and cabinet are responsible to Parliament'
  12. 'The staff at various levels would be responsible to and report to the governing board.'
  13. 'We are responsible to God if by our carelessness or neglect we lead our children into a life or crime or other social evils.'
  14. 'The abbot in turn is responsible to the council of deans - half elected by the community and half appointed by the abbot.'
  15. 'The press is chosen by and responsible to its readership, at any moment its consumers can choose it or toss it away.'
  16. 'The colonies were not democracies and the governors were not responsible to an electorate.'
  17. 'They will be responsible to the Minister, and it is the Minister, in fact, who has the power to make decisions and act.'
  18. 'Or do they help ensure that our representatives are responsible to the people who elected them?'
Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it.
  1. 'My view is that the cyclist was primarily responsible for this collision and I apportion his blame at 60%.'
  2. 'There was never any serious intention to bring to justice those responsible for the May riots.'
  3. 'He is also responsible for bringing a number of actors out of obscurity and into the limelight, including James Dean in the film East of Eden.'
  4. 'The modest hero has asked not to be identified, but police praised his selfless action and pledged to bring those responsible for the attack to justice.'
  5. 'They are primarily very much responsible for a steep decline in youth smoking.'
  6. 'He was responsible for bringing so much new music to the airwaves.'
  7. 'Water transport is ruled out as the primary process responsible for removing skeletal elements based on abrasion data.'
  8. 'The primary agent responsible for respiratory disease is obviously microbial.'
  9. 'It is known that the bacteria responsible for UTI reside primarily in the feed flora.'
  10. 'For over 40 years he was one of the men responsible for literally bringing thousands of sick people to hospitals all over the country.'
  11. 'the progressive emergence of the child as a responsible being'
  12. 'It is hoped the updated Countryside Code, will encourage responsible behaviour.'
  13. 'We're all in this together - equally responsible and equally accountable.'
  14. 'It can ensure transparency and accountability within parameters of responsible journalism.'
  15. 'Inalienable rights are not a reward for responsible behaviour.'
  16. 'Also, abstinence is placed much lower than responsible behaviour on the totem pole of values.'
  17. 'Beneath all this is essentially the point of responsible behaviour.'
  18. 'While the motives of the founders of these organisations vary, the theme of socialising youth and encouraging responsible behaviour is a common one.'
  19. 'Practise positive parenting by giving praise where it is due and reward your children for sensible and responsible behaviour.'
  20. 'They are, nevertheless, as socially and morally responsible as was possible at the time.'
  21. 'They called instead for a morally serious art, which would teach responsible behaviour by example.'
(of a job or position) involving important duties, independent decision-making, or control over others.
  1. 'He said the PBTA would like those in responsible positions to exercise more control, and to apply the same rules to everyone.'
  2. 'She held a responsible job in community economic development, and she was bright, charming and comely.'
  3. 'He is no different to anyone else coming into a responsible position in a big organisation.'
  4. 'But the King would not appoint him to responsible positions and the Academie Francaise would not accept him as a member.'
  5. 'How many other regular jobs require people to work for this many hours in such a highly responsible position?'
  6. 'A trained nurse, she had held down responsible jobs all her life, and had travelled widely in the US and Canada.'
  7. 'But more surprising is the number of independent people wanting to take on such a responsible position.'
  8. 'This is a highly responsible job and anyone thinking of applying should think long and hard about the time commitments this job entails.'
  9. 'It turns out that it's a pretty responsible job indeed, with a staff of people to manage, and control of a number of titles.'
  10. 'He has a very responsible job and I am sure his salary is quite enviable.'
  11. 'a responsible adult'
  12. 'These are not children, they're meant to be responsible adults.'
  13. 'Are they fully responsible adults, or are they more like children?'
  14. 'He also agreed that the head nurse in obstetrics was a highly capable, responsible, and conscientious nurse.'
  15. 'Today's young men and women are more mature, responsible and competent.'
  16. 'They grow up to be mature, responsible, happy adults with good jobs that they enjoy and a family who loves them very much.'
  17. 'Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.'
  18. 'All bonfires should be supervised by a responsible adult this weekend.'
  19. 'Fireworks should be completely avoided, although if people did insist on using them, it should only be by a reliable and responsible adult.'
  20. 'Now she was one of the most level headed, responsible adults I knew.'
  21. 'Now he had matured into a dependable, conscientious, responsible citizen.'


1. answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management (often followed by to or for): He is responsible to the president for his decisions.

2. involving accountability or responsibility, as in having the power to control or manage: promoted to a responsible position in the firm.

3. chargeable with being the author, cause, or occasion of something (usually followed by for): Termites were responsible for the damage.

4. having a capacity for

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be responsible for things."

"people can be responsible for deaths."

"people can be responsible for people."

"people can be responsible for places."

"places can be responsible for things."

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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).