Agent vs Responsible - What's the difference?

agent | responsible |

As a noun agent

is one who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.

As a adjective responsible is

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



(wikipedia agent)


(en noun)
  • One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
  • Heaven made us agents , free to good or ill. --Dryden.
  • One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
  • I see in him [Moby Dick] outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent , or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. --Herman Melville, , ch. 36
  • An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent ; as, heat is a powerful agent.
  • (computing) In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase “intelligent agent” it implies some kind of autonomous process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
  • (grammar) The participant of a situation that carries out the action in this situation, e.g. "the boy" in the sentences "The boy kicked the ball" and "The ball was kicked by the boy".
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * (grammar) patient

    Derived terms

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    See also

    * proxy


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    (en adjective)
  • Answerable for an act performed or for its consequences; accountable; amenable, especially legally or politically.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter , title=The British Longitude Act Reconsidered , volume=100, issue=2, page=87 , magazine= citation , passage=But was it responsible governance to pass the Longitude Act without other efforts to protect British seamen? Or might it have been subterfuge—a disingenuous attempt to shift attention away from the realities of their life at sea.}}
    Parents are responsible for their child's behaviour.
  • Capable of responding to any reasonable claim; able to answer reasonably for one's conduct and obligations; capable of rational conduct.
  • Involving responsibility; involving a degree of personal accountability on the part of the person concerned.
  • She has a responsible position in the firm.
  • 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?
  • Able to be trusted; reliable; trustworthy.
  • He looks like a responsible guy.


    * irresponsible


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