Dependable vs. Responsible

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  • Dependable (adjective)

    Able, or easily able to be depended on.

    "He was a very dependable person."

  • Dependable (noun)

    A reliable person or thing.

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.

    "Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour."

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.

    "She has a responsible position in the firm."

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Being a primary cause or agent of some event or action; capable of being credited for something, or of being held liable for something.

    "Who is responsible for this mess?"

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.

    "He looks like a responsible guy."

  • Responsible (noun)

    The individual who bears the responsibility for something.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Dependable (adjective)

    Worthy of being depended on; trustworthy.

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Liable to respond; likely to be called upon to answer; accountable; answerable; amenable; as, a guardian is responsible to the court for his conduct in the office.

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Able to respond or answer for one's conduct and obligations; trustworthy, financially or otherwise; as, to have a responsible man for surety.

  • Responsible (adjective)

    Involving responsibility; involving a degree of accountability on the part of the person concerned; as, a responsible office.

Webster Dictionary
  • Dependable (adjective)

    worthy of reliance or trust;

    "a reliable source of information"

    "a dependable worker"

  • Dependable (adjective)

    worthy of being depended on;

    "a dependable worker"

    "an honest working stiff"

    "a reliable source of information"

    "he was true to his word"

    "I would be true for there are those who trust me"

  • Dependable (adjective)

    consistent in performance or behavior;

    "dependable in one's habits"

    "a steady-going family man"

  • Dependable (adjective)

    financially sound;

    "a good investment"

    "a secure investment"

  • Responsible (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"

  • Responsible (adjective)

    being the agent or cause;

    "determined who was the responsible party"

    "termites were responsible for the damage"

  • Responsible (adjective)

    having an acceptable credit rating;

    "a responsible borrower"

Princeton's WordNet

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