responsible
re·spon·si·ble adj
1 a: liable to be called on to answer
b: liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent
c: liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties
2: characterized by trustworthiness, integrity, and requisite abilities and resources
awarded the contract to the lowest responsible bidder
3: able to choose for oneself between right and wrong
4: marked by or involving accountability
a responsible office
re·spon·si·bil·i·ty n
re·spon·si·ble·ness n
re·spon·si·bly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

responsible
index actionable, amenable, blameful, blameworthy, bound, causative, competent, culpable, dependable, diligent, liable, lucid, moral, normal (sane), reliable, sane, solid (sound), true (loyal)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


responsible
adj.
Obligated to do something; having care for or control over something or someone; answerable or accountable for or in charge of something; liable.
n.
responsibility

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


responsible
1) Legally liable or accountable.
2) Having the ability to pay or perform.
Category: Divorce & Family Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

responsible
adj.
   1) legally liable or accountable.
   2) having the ability to pay or perform.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • responsible — responsible, answerable, accountable, amenable, liable can all mean subject to an authority which may exact redress in case of default. Responsible, answerable, and accountable are very close, all meaning capable of being called upon to answer or …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • responsible — [ri spän′sə bəl] adj. [MFr < L responsus: see RESPONSE] 1. expected or obliged to account (for something, to someone); answerable; accountable 2. involving accountability, obligation, or duties [a responsible position] 3. that can be charged… …   English World dictionary

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  • responsible — 1590s, answerable (to another, for something), from Fr. responsible, from L. responsus, pp. of respondere to respond (see RESPOND (Cf. respond)). Meaning morally accountable for one s actions is attested from 1836. Retains the sense of obligation …   Etymology dictionary

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  • responsible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone. 2) being the cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. 3) morally accountable for one s behaviour. 4) capable of being trusted …   English terms dictionary

  • responsible — is spelt ible, not able. See able, ible …   Modern English usage

  • responsible — re|spon|si|ble W2S2 [rıˈspɔnsıbəl US rıˈspa:n ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(guilty)¦ 2¦(in charge of)¦ 3¦(sensible)¦ 4¦(cause)¦ 5 responsible job/position 6 be responsible to somebody ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(GUILTY)¦ [not before noun] if someone is responsible for an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • responsible — adj. 1 having the job/duty of doing sth VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ remain ▪ make sb ▪ I am making you responsible for the cooking …   Collocations dictionary

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