|a.||1.||Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable; as, a guardian is responsible to the court for his conduct in the office.|
|2.||Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, to have a responsible man for surety.|
|3.||Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, a responsible office.|
|Adj.||1.||responsible - worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable; "a responsible adult"; "responsible journalism"; "a responsible position"; "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety"; "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"|
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
|2.||responsible - being the agent or cause; "determined who was the responsible party"; "termites were responsible for the damage"|
Synonyms: responsible for
|3.||responsible - having an acceptable credit rating; "a responsible borrower"|