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.

Definitions of responsible
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    having an acceptable credit rating
    “a responsible borrower”
    synonyms: creditworthy
    trustworthy, trusty
    worthy of trust or belief
  3. adjective
    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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