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responsibility

[ri-spon-suh-bil-i-tee]
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noun, plural re·spon·si·bil·i·ties.
  1. the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.
  2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!
  3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority.
  4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A child is a responsibility to its parents.
  5. reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.
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Idioms
  1. on one's own responsibility, on one's own initiative or authority: He changed the order on his own responsibility.
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Origin of responsibility

First recorded in 1780–90; respons(ible) + -ibility
Related formsnon·re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, noun, plural non·re·spon·si·bil·i·ties.pre·re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, noun, plural pre·re·spon·si·bil·i·ties.self-re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, nounsu·per·re·spon·si·bil·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·re·spon·si·bil·i·ties.

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Related Words for responsibilities

duty, power, importance, restraint, authority, liability, guilt, burden, obligation, trust, capacity, honesty, loyalty, stability, efficiency, ability, culpability, albatross, onus, encumbrance

Examples from the Web for responsibilities

Contemporary Examples of responsibilities

Historical Examples of responsibilities

  • 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

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for responsibilities

responsibility

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or position of being responsible
  2. a person or thing for which one is responsible
  3. the ability or authority to act or decide on one's own, without supervision
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for responsibilities

responsibility

n.

"condition of being responsible," 1787, from responsible + -ity. Meaning "that for which one is responsible" is from 1796. Related: Responsibilities.

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