Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Responsible \Re*spon"si*ble\ (r?*sp?n"s?*b'l), a. [Cf. F. responsable. See Respond.]
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.
Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, to have a responsible man for surety.
Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, a responsible office.
Syn: Accountable; answerable; amenable. [1913 Webster] -- Re*spon"si*ble*ness, n. -- Re*spon"si*bly, adv.
adv. In a responsible manner.
adv. in a responsible manner; "we must act responsibly" [ant: irresponsibly]
Usage examples of "responsibly".
India, they met a young Canadian named Samantha Dooley, who had dropped out of her sophomore year at Harvard at the age of seventeen and a half and gone to live responsibly on the earth on a commune near Pune, where she was quietly starving when she met the three travelers.
In India, they met a young Canadian named Samantha Dooley, who had dropped out of her sophomore year at Harvard at the age of seventeen and a half and gone to live responsibly on the earth on a commune near Pune, where she was quietly starving, when she met the three travelers.
This can be achieved only when each of the contributing managers is expected to think through what the unit objectives are, is led, in others words, to participate actively and responsibly in the work of defining them.
Lily and Becky had more responsibly presented themselves, rakes in hand, and as Alden pulled up to the top of the driveway bowl, he found his wife and children and uncle and aunt outside in bright wool sweaters, each engaged in a kind of formal dance of approach and retreat, guiding and gliding their stick-thin, flare-skirted partners by the shoulder and waist.
On the other hand, this capacity may be seen as politically unusable and allies and others within the United States may not be fully trusting of the possessor always to employ this force responsibly.
Nor did She really worry about the post-election pause of three years before the next democratic convulsion, for the American version of representative government assures that such qualities of intellect and ethics as might equip a man to lead a powerful nation responsibly are precisely the qualities that would prevent him from subjecting himself to the debasing performances of vote begging and delegate swapping.
A way he can responsibly deal with the situation is to understand that it Is hard for her to give points for his support and appreciate him when she is sick with resentment.