Non-responsible



[ri-spon-suh-buh l] /rɪˈspɒn sə bəl/

adjective
1.
answerable or accountable, as for something within one’s power, control, or management (often followed by to or for):
He is responsible to the president for his decisions.
2.
involving accountability or , as in having the power to control or manage:
promoted to a responsible position in the firm.
3.
chargeable with being the author, cause, or occasion of something (usually followed by for):
Termites were responsible for the damage.
4.
having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable; capable of rational thought or action:
The defendant is not responsible for his actions.
5.
able to discharge obligations or pay debts.
6.
reliable or dependable, as in meeting debts, conducting business dealings, etc.
7.
(of a government, member of a government, government agency, or the like) answerable to or serving at the discretion of an elected legislature or the electorate.
/rɪˈspɒnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) usually foll by for. having control or authority (over)
2.
(postpositive) foll by to. being accountable for one’s actions and decisions (to): to be responsible to one’s commanding officer
3.
(of a position, duty, etc) involving decision and accountability
4.
(often foll by for) being the agent or cause (of some action): to be responsible for a mistake
5.
able to take rational decisions without supervision; accountable for one’s own actions: a responsible adult
6.
able to meet financial obligations; of sound credit
adj.

1590s, “answerable” (to another, for something), from obsolete French responsible (13c., Modern French responsable, as if from Latin *responsabilis), from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere “to respond” (see respond). Meaning “accountable for one’s actions” is attested from 1640s; that of “reliable, trustworthy” is from 1690s. Retains the sense of “obligation” in the Latin root word. Related: Responsibly.

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