Conduct vs Responsible - What's the difference?

conduct | responsible |

As a noun conduct

is the act or method of controlling or directing.

As a verb conduct

is (archaic|transitive) to lead, or guide; to escort.

As a adjective responsible is

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




  • The act or method of controlling or directing
  • * 1785 , (William Paley), The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy
  • There are other restrictions imposed upon the conduct of war, not by the law of nature primarily, but by the laws of war first, and by the law of nature as seconding and ratifying the laws of war.
  • * Ld. Brougham
  • the conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs
  • Skillful guidance or management; generalship.
  • Conduct of armies is a prince's art. - .
  • * Robertson
  • with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct , that his forces were totally routed.
  • The manner of guiding or carrying oneself; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior.
  • Good conduct''' will be rewarded and likewise poor '''conduct will be punished.
  • * Macaulay
  • All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury.
  • * Dryden
  • What in the conduct of our life appears / So well designed, so luckily begun, / But when we have our wish, we wish undone?
  • (of a literary work) Plot; action; construction; manner of development.
  • * Macaulay
  • the book of Job, in conduct and diction
  • (obsolete) Convoy; escort; guard; guide.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • I will be your conduct .
  • * Shakespeare
  • In my conduct shall your ladies come.
  • That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument.
  • * Shakespeare
  • although thou hast been conduct of my chame


    * (act or method of controlling or directing ) control, guidance, management * (manner of guiding or carrying one's self ): bearing, behavior/behaviour, deportment, demeanor/demeanour, * (plot of a literary work) action, plot, storyline


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To lead, or guide; to escort.
  • * 1634 , (John Milton),
  • I can conduct you, lady, to a low / But loyal cottage, where you may be safe.
  • To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on.
  • to conduct the affairs of a kingdom
  • *
  • Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege.
  • (reflexively to conduct oneself ) To behave.
  • He conducted himself well.
  • To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 20 , author=Matt Day and Tatyana Shumsky , title=Copper Falls to 2011 Lows , work=(Wall Street Journal) citation , page= , passage=The metal easily conducts electricity and doesn't rust in water, properties that have made it valuable in uses from household plumbing and electric wiring}}
  • (music) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
  • * 2006 , Michael R. Waters with Mark Long and William Dickens, Lone Star Stalag: German Prisoners of War at Camp Hearne
  • For a while, Walter Pohlmann, a well-known German conductor, conducted' the orchestra in Compound 3. Later, Willi Mets, who had '''conducted''' the world-renowned Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, ' conducted the Compound 3 orchestra.
  • To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.
  • To carry out (something organized)
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 11 , author= , title=Fugro, Royal Philips Electronics: Benelux Equity Preview , work=San Fransisco Chronicle citation , page= , passage=The world's largest surveyor of deepwater oil fields won a contract to conduct a survey of the French Gulf of Lion to map sand reserves.}}


    * (lead or guide) accompany, escort, guide, lead, steer, belead * (direct) direct, lead, manage, oversee, run, supervise, belead * act, behave, carry on * (to serve as a medium for conveying) carry, convey, transmit


    * English heteronyms




    (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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