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responsible

adjective
 
 
/rɪˈspɒnsəbl/
used to describe something, for example, a job, where you are able to act and make decisions on your own: It's a responsible job for which I've been well rewarded.
be responsible for sb/sth to have control and authority over someone or something and the duty to take care of them: He is responsible for the council's waste management department. to make something happen, especially something bad: She was responsible for causing the accident.
be responsible to sb/sth to be controlled by someone or something: Only our elected representatives, responsible to us, can make these big decisions.
hold sb/sth responsible to blame someone or something for something bad that happened: He was held responsible for the accident.
be responsible for your actions to be able to be fairly blamed for bad things that you do or mistakes that you make: Although he was ill at the time, he was still responsible for his actions.
(Definition of responsible from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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