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responsible

adjective  us   /rɪˈspɑn·sə·bəl/

responsible adjective (DUTY)

having the duty of taking care of something: The government’s Energy Regulatory Board is responsible for nuclear safety. A responsible job/position is an important one involving control and authority over something.

responsible adjective (BLAME)

being the cause of a particular action or situation, esp. a harmful or unpleasant one: We are not responsible for things getting lost in the mail.

responsible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

having good judgment and the ability to act correctly and make decisions on your own: We want to be responsible citizens.
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