- the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.
- an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
- a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
- a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.
- reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.
- on one's own responsibility, on one's own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.
Origin of responsibility
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1. answerability, accountability.
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Examples from the Web for responsibilities
That made the jurors stop and think, ‘if Judge Cox is taking this stand, we’d better meet our responsibilities as well.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
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The responsibilities of raising children often seem very daunting.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
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And the people themselves can do it, abdicating the virtues and responsibilities of citizenship.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
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It is an open question what responsibilities artists bear when turning the public mind to these matters.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies
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The person whom he hoped would champion his work, his last assistant and lover, had other priorities and responsibilities.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
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The responsibilities of the position I feel, but accept them without fear.
Martin, who already had been doing a man's work, now assumed a man's responsibilities.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I don't see why I can't have a few pleasures along with my responsibilities.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
If they'd thought as much about their responsibilities as they thought about their rights, they'd still have their rights!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
From a just view of his responsibilities he had gone on to a morbid one.The Scapegoat
- the state or position of being responsible
- a person or thing for which one is responsible
- the ability or authority to act or decide on one's own, without supervision
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Word Origin and History for responsibilities
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