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What is the difference between zuständig and verantwortlich?

Duolingo says that "zuständig" and "verantwortlich" both mean "responsible," but my dictionary only gives "relevant" as a translation for "zuständig."

So what do each of these words mean and what is there difference?

August 18, 2014

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zuständig: in charge
verantwortlich: responsible

"Zuständig" is who has to carry out a certain task. "Verantwortlich" is the one who is (legally) responsible for it. You can also be "verantwortlich" for a damage, for a child etc...

Of yourse someone who is "zuständig" for something will also often be "verantwortlich" if he didn't do it right or something went wrong!

August 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

danke schön

June 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Janus8536

For the various meanings of 'zuständig', also see: http://www.dict.cc/?s=zust%C3%A4ndig

July 19, 2015
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