• WordNet 3.6
    • adj responsible being the agent or cause "determined who was the responsible party","termites were responsible for the damage"
    • adj 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"
    • adj responsible having an acceptable credit rating "a responsible borrower"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery
    • Responsible Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, to have a responsible man for surety.
    • Responsible Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, a responsible office.
    • Responsible 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones
    • responsible Correspondent; answering; responsive.
    • responsible 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. With regard to the legal use of the word, two conceptions are often confused namely, that of the potential condition of being bound to answer or respond in case a wrong should occur, and that of the actual condition of being bound to respond because a wrong has occurred. For the first of these responsible is properly used, and for the second liable.
    • responsible 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.
    • responsible Involving responsibility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Adolf Hitler was one of the people that was responsible in the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle. He came up with the idea of producing a car that was cheap enough for the average German working man to afford.
    • adj Responsible liable to be called to account or render satisfaction: answerable: capable of discharging duty: able to pay
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  • Jules Ormont
    Jules Ormont
    “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.”
  • Ti-Grace Atkinson
    Ti-Grace Atkinson
    “Love is the victim's response to the rapist.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.”
  • Nikki Giovanni
    Nikki Giovanni
    “Mistakes are a fact of life it is the response to error that counts.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.”
  • W. Edwards Deming
    W. Edwards Deming
    “Quality is everyone's responsibility.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. responsable,. See Respond
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. respondēre, responsumre-, back, spondēre, to promise.


In literature:

There was no responsive lift of the head, no contented wagging of the tail, but that was the only difference.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Lack of command responsibility was also present in a number of other branches not directly concerned with the operation of ships.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Special Responsibility of the Average Mother.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
We've got to learn to live from the center of our own responsibility only, and let other people do the same.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
In all cases of double response, the rule is to count the second response and disregard the first.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
But for every act they are responsible directly to the House of Commons.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Every responsibility thrust upon your strength and your honor is priceless.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
These servants in the parables were slaves, who owed their service to their master and for whom he was responsible.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Let us then try to locate the responsibility.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
Surely we are not responsible for the brutalities of the animal creation.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird

In poetry:

She wept; then raised her head, and swung
The aged wheel with whispering whir;
And as it turned, it softly sung
(In fancy) this response to her:—
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
There are two Hearts whose movements thrill,
In unison so closely sweet,
That Pulse to Pulse responsive still
They Both must heave, or cease to beat.
"Stanzas To Jessy" by Lord George Gordon Byron
'Tis said but a name is friendship,
Soulless, and shallow, and vain;
That the human heart ne'er beats in response,
Or echoes sweet sympathy's strain.
"Lines To Mrs. Isabel Peace" by Mary Weston Fordham
"Be thine to pour these vales along
Some artless Shepherd's evening song;
While Night's sweet bird, from yon high spray
Responsive, listens to his lay.
"The Botanic Garden (Part VIII)" by Erasmus Darwin
Beneath, lake, wood, and peopled vale,
Hushed by that presence grand and grave,
Are silent, save the cricket's wail,
And low response of leaf and wave.
"Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The hollow cave, that once hath known
Echo's lone voice, can ne'er forget--
But gives--though parting years have flown--
The wild responsive cadence yet.
"To A Lady Who Had Been Singing" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

While appreciating the somewhat overheated responses to my recent letter entitled "These days, Ôsuper heroes' aren't so super," I decided to let the dust settle and await further comments before responding.
Study results were based on patients' responses on questionnaires about alcohol use .
Victim was 10 when abuse occurred, and the priest responsible has been convicted.
Sampling the outpouring of responses to developments in the Middle East.
Graham is a smart guy, and probably the one most responsible for you not getting entirely inundated by spam.
Personalization Sends E-Mail Response Soaring.
In response, I received a torrent of outraged mail.
Quality wireless audio performance with subtle bass response.
John Williams gets Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's response to the Blagojevich sentencing.
Unlike animals, plants don't have a fight or flight response to handle threats from their environment.
Sheila Bair of the FDIC is at the forefront of America's response to the financial crisis.
We are a nation of bloggers, a chattering class of more than 20 million, pecking away, yearning to be heard, craving a response.
Balboa Music Festival organizers are expected to host another concert in response to refund requests from angry attendees who called Saturday's event a flop, disaster and hot mess.
In response, the city built 19 bathhouses , where people could go to clean up.
Stimulus- response compatibility refers to the finding that certain mappings of stimuli to responses produce faster and more accurate responding than do others.

In science:

When we move beyond single response problems into the double and k response variants, Theorem 1 provides us with nested knowledge conditions.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Protocol P recalls group responses for OGR if for al l α ∈ Ah where 1 ≤ h ≤ k , r ∈ R, t(cid:48) ≤ t and i ∈ P, if (R, r, t) (cid:15) Kioccurred(α) then (R, r, t(cid:48) ) (cid:15) Kioccurred(α). A protocol recalls group responses if processes, once they know that a response has taken place, never forget this fact.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Previous chapters have studied coordination under various restrictions: linear ordering of responses, simultaneous responses, or a linear ordering of sets of simultaneous responses.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Knutson et al. 2011), the lower illumination level in the HD 209458 photometry (relative to the stimulation response curve from Young et al. 2003) is responsible for the different timescales evident in the two 24 µm time series.
Spitzer/MIPS 24 micron Observations of HD 209458b: 3 eclipses, 2.5 transits, and a Phase Curve Corrupted by Instrumental Sensitivity Variations
An early use of randomization is randomized response (RR) for collecting responses on sensitive questions .
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction