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.
Syn: -- Accountable; answerable; amenable.
-- Re*spon*si*ble*ness, n. -- Re*spon*si*bly, adv.
adj 1: 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" [ant: irresponsible]
2: being the agent or cause; "determined who was the
responsible party"; "termites were responsible for the
damage" [syn: responsible for(p)]
3: having an acceptable credit rating; "a responsible borrower"