responsible

If you're the responsible one, everyone is depending on you to take care of it. And, if things go poorly, it's all your fault.

Sounds like a drag to be responsible but really it is what we all want out of life. After all, when you're responsible, you get the keys to the car, you make your own decisions, and you get all the credit. Parents love the responsible babysitter who doesn't text with her friends and feed the kids bowls of ice cream. Of course, the boy who is responsible for bringing firecrackers to the football game will not be looked upon with the same level of respect. Responsibility can bring all the glory, but all the blame too.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: responsible

1
adj
worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
2
adj
being the agent or cause
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: responsible
1

adj worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

“a responsible adult”
responsible journalism”
“a responsible position”
“the captain is responsible for the ship's safety”
“the cabinet is responsible to the parliament”
Synonyms
obligated
caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course
prudent
careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
accountable
liable to account for one's actions
answerable
morally or legally responsible to a higher authority
amenable
liable to answer to a higher authority
liable
held legally responsible
trustworthy
taking responsibility for one's conduct and obligations
trustworthy, trusty
worthy of trust or belief
Antonyms:
irresponsible
showing lack of care for consequences
carefree, devil-may-care, freewheeling, happy-go-lucky, harum-scarum, slaphappy
cheerfully irresponsible
do-nothing
characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility
feckless
not fit to assume responsibility
idle, loose
lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
trigger-happy
irresponsible in the use of firearms
unaccountable
free from control or responsibility
unreliable
lacking a sense of responsibility
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adj having an acceptable credit rating

“a responsible borrower”
Synonyms:
creditworthy
trustworthy, trusty
worthy of trust or belief
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adj being the agent or cause

“determined who was the responsible party”
“termites were responsible for the damage”
Synonyms:
responsible for
causative
producing an effect
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