responsibleness


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re·spon·si·ble

 (rĭ-spŏn′sə-bəl)
adj.
1.
a. Liable to be required to give account, as of one's actions or of the discharge of a duty or trust: Who is responsible while their parents are away?
b. Required to render account; answerable: The cabinet is responsible to the parliament.
2. Involving important duties, the supervision of others, or the ability to make decisions with little supervision: a responsible position within the firm.
3. Being a source or cause: Viruses are responsible for many diseases.
4.
a. Able to make moral or rational decisions on one's own and therefore answerable for one's behavior: At what age does a person become responsible?
b. Able to be trusted or depended upon; trustworthy or reliable: a responsible art dealer.
5. Based on or characterized by good judgment or sound thinking: responsible journalism.

[Obsolete French, corresponding to, from Latin respōnsus, past participle of respondēre, to respond; see respond.]

re·spon′si·ble·ness n.
re·spon′si·bly adv.
Synonyms: responsible, answerable, liable, accountable, amenable
These adjectives share the meaning obliged to answer, as for one's actions, to an authority that may impose a penalty for failure. Responsible often implies the satisfactory performance of duties or the trustworthy care for or disposition of possessions: "I am responsible for the ship's safety" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
Answerable suggests a moral or legal responsibility subject to review by a higher authority: The court held the parents answerable for their minor child's acts of vandalism. Liable refers to a legal obligation, as to pay damages: The builder is liable for the cost of delays. Accountable especially emphasizes giving an account of one's discharge of a responsibility: "The liberal philosophy holds that enduring governments must be accountable to someone beside themselves" (Walter Lippmann).
Amenable implies being subject to the control of an authority and therefore the absence of complete autonomy: "There is no constitutional tribunal to which [the king] is amenable" (Alexander Hamilton). See Also Synonyms at reliable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.responsibleness - a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; "he holds a position of great responsibility"
character, fibre, fiber - the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer
trustiness, trustworthiness - the trait of deserving trust and confidence
fault - responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John's fault"
accountability, answerability, answerableness - responsibility to someone or for some activity
dependability, dependableness, reliability, reliableness - the quality of being dependable or reliable
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
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However, at the heart of this meticulous responsibleness we may again and again discover an all too anxious insistence on one's own "standard of living"--the famous "motorcar which is more indispensable than a child.
Firstly, it repudiated the leading judicial attempt that had been made to flesh out what responsibleness means in the context of the defence, namely, Lord Nicholls' 10-pronged test as expounded in the House of Lords in the seminal case of Reynolds.
Just as I can only answer if I am first questioned, just as each reply requires a 'to what', and such a 'to what' must be prior to the reply itself, so the 'to what' of all responsibleness must necessarily be prior to responsibleness itself.

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