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)