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adjective responsible pronunciation in British English /rɪˈspɒnsəb(ə)l/
 

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  1. 1
    [never before noun] deserving to be blamed for something that has happened

    Parents feel responsible when things go wrong.

    hold someone responsible (for something):

    The farmer was held responsible for the damage done by his animals.

    find someone responsible (for something):

    How long will they be in prison if they are found responsible?

    1. a.
      [never before noun] if something or someone is responsible for a situation or event, they are the cause of it
      responsible for:

      The chemical is directly responsible for those deaths.

      He was responsible for the accident.

  2. 3
    sensible, reliable, and able to be trusted to do the right thing

    She may be only 14, but she's very responsible.

    1. a.
      used about people's behaviour or attitudes

      Schools have adopted a very responsible attitude towards the problem.

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